Juan Alberto Gómez-Solis
Juan Alberto Gómez-Solis
Spanish and Biology
“The professors have all been very generous and passionate about their teaching. I am very grateful they go above and beyond to ensure their students succeed in class! Many of them make the environment comfortable — where you can be your true self.”
“After graduation, I plan to pursue a research career! At the moment, I am thinking something relating to genetics, but who knows what the world has to offer?”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“The professors have all been very generous and passionate about their teaching. I am very grateful they go above and beyond to ensure that their students succeed in class! Many of them make the environment feel comfortable — where you can be your true self.”
“General Chemistry I and II were my favorite classes! Chemistry is such an interesting topic to learn about. Not only is the material great, but the professor is even better! Professor Olivia Alstadt is passionate in what she teaches and tries to make the the class fun. She will forever have my heart.”
“Currently, I am involved in: First Generation Club (vice president), Mi Gente, Philosophy Club, Horticulture Club, and Alpha Mu Gamma (e-board). All of these clubs are very welcoming!
“In First Gen, we help incoming first-generation students navigate campus and provide them with resources to help them build their social and academic network. In Mi Gente, we talk about issues that affect the Latin American community, host and attend events, and work alongside the non-profit Voces de la Frontera! In Philosophy Club, we drink tea while discussing our beliefs on certain topics. In Horticulture Club, we talk about plants (obviously) and attend events that focus on helping the ecosystem! Lastly, in Alpha Mu Gamma, we talk about different cultures and languages.”
“The Organisms, Systems, & Populations biology class was the toughest for me. I had a rough start getting into the material, and it took me more time to process how an organism functions. But, luckily, I had an excellent professor! Professor Temple Burling would encourage students to always ask questions, call on them even if they didn’t raise their hand, and have hands-on learning.”
Internships or on-campus employment
“I am a chemistry lab assistant as well as a Spanish and chemistry tutor. As a chemistry lab assistant, I get to supervise experiments, set up projects, clean, and guide students who may be struggling. As a tutor, my job is to help students who are struggling in Spanish or chemistry.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“My freshman year, I got to travel to Spain for J-Term. The host family I had was amazing, and the food, tours, and cities were phenomenal. If you ever have the opportunity to travel during J-Term, do it!”
“I received the Modern Languages Scholarship for Spanish, and $22,000 was applied towards my tuition! This scholarship is a huge deal to me because I am a first-generation student. All my years of hard work, from elementary school to high school, finally paid off.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“Being admitted to Carthage, receiving my financial aid and scholarships, and seeing my class schedule were all really exciting moments!”
Favorite spot on campus
“My favorite spot is any red chair facing the lake. It’s so soothing hearing the waves crash while enjoying some sun.”
Biggest surprise so far
“Expanding my academic network so quickly was a big surprise! I thought it would take me years, but I am extremely fortunate to get to know the staff and faculty on campus.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“He would be in disbelief. He would cry and ask how we did it, knowing the circumstances we are in. I would tell him to just keep striving and never give up — make our family proud.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“If you are bilingual, take advantage of it and major in a modern language. It is a great skill to have because not only do you get to sharpen your language more, but you also get to interact with other students and professors who may even speak that language. I know for me that it’s always nice getting to speak my native language with others.”
“I chose Carthage because of its location (10 minutes away from my home), the J-Term study tours, and the small classes. It’s the ideal college for me!”