Major: Business Administration and Sociology
Carly grew up in Oakwood, Illinois, where she attended Oakwood High School. Her older sister attended Illinois Wesleyan and loved it. After talking with her and visiting several other college campuses, none of them seemed to be quite as welcoming as Illinois Wesleyan. Coming from a small high school of only 300 students, Carly was looking for a small school that allowed students to be involved both inside and outside of the classroom and had a small student to professor ratio.
Over the summer, Carly is working as a Community Partnership Program Intern through the Action Research Center. Through this program, she works in the Activities Department at State Farm and in Public Relations at the YWCA. Her main focus at the YWCA is doing research on how to get young people more involved in philanthropy.
In addition to being a Titan Orientation Leader, Carly is also a member of Alpha Kappa Psi (our business fraternity) and Mortar Board (senior honor society). The majority of her time is dedicated to the being the President of Alpha Phi Omega (the service fraternity on campus). When her time allows in the summer, she also enjoys going on The Appalachian Service Project to help build warmer, safer, and drier homes for those living in poverty.
Whenever she can, Carly tries to volunteer at various organizations in the community. She also enjoys playing volleyball, bike riding, napping, shopping, and scrapbooking.
On her very first night at Illinois Wesleyan, she had to leave her floor meeting because she was a crying, nervous mess (to put it lightly). Without the planned activities and people that I met during Turning Titan week, Carly probably would have gone back home that week and never come back. So, her favorite part about the week was that there was always something to do and so many people there to support her.
Carly's advice for new students:
Never be afraid to try something. There are so many great clubs, organizations, and opportunities available on campus that you may never find again. College is a great time to try something once, and if you don’t like it, you still have time to try something else. Also, don’t forget that the faculty and staff are here FOR YOU and can help you, do not be afraid to communicate with them as they are very valuable resources not only now, but in the future as well.