Hailee Sundquist ?24

Hailee Sundquist

Class Year

’24

Hometown

Cambridge, Wis.

Major(s)

Religion, Spanish

Minor(s)

Music

“Understanding different world religions allows us to better understand where others are coming from and how to respond to them.”

Hailee Sundquist, ’24

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage for its small class sizes, location, and the feel for a smaller more personable campus atmosphere.”

Faculty mentors

“They make an effort to help you personally outside of class if there is something you are stuck on. I am a very hands-on learner, so my professors’ help in this way has been instrumental to learning.”

Favorite class

“I really love Issues in Living and Dying with Professor Sandra Bisciglia. It deals with the different death traditions and afterlife beliefs of religions around the world. It makes you think about how you are going to deal with aging as well as how you will help others in your family when they can no longer make decisions for themselves.”

Toughest class

“Aural Skills in the Music Department has been my toughest class so far at Carthage. It is a challenge for me to differentiate between pitches, but Professor Eduardo Garcia-Novelli worked with me outside of class until I started to understand the material.”

Campus involvement

“I am in the Rock Climbing Club, and I absolutely love it. I haven’t been able to go as much as I did last year, but it is full of nice people, and you get a nice workout in which is a plus! I am also in Carthage Chorale with Professor Peter Dennee who is the best director ever and makes every practice fun. Also, we get to sing some pretty awesome songs.”

Internships or campus employment

“I work for Center for Faith and Spirituality and the Fine Arts Department as an interfaith coordinator and house manager respectively. I love my CFS job because it really feels like a family, and the staff has encouraged me in my own faith journey. Being a house manager allows me to see the musical and theatrical events on campus and get credit for my music minor while getting paid at the same time. I also enjoy the responsibility as it will help me when I get out into the real world and have a full-time job.”

Career goal

“I am training to become a Marine JAG through the Marine Officer Program to serve my country in the way I believe I can be the most effective. At some point, I am also hoping to attend law school.” 

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is the individual study rooms in the basement of the Hedberg Library. They are really nice when you need a silent space to study in for an upcoming test or exam!”

Favorite memory

Christmas Festival is such a great time and I absolutely love it! It is such an electric atmosphere and really makes you feel the magical holiday spirit.”

Biggest surprise

“How much fun bingo is!”

Advice for other students in your major?

Religion is very important because it affects people’s decisions and thoughts. It dictates politics and the way others respond to each other. Understanding different world religions allows us to better understand where others are coming from and how to respond to them.”