Kiannah Hayes

Kiannah Hayes

Class Year



Wheeling, Illinois


Social Science


Sociology & Secondary Education

“The staff at every center on campus — whether it’s the financial aid desk, The Aspire Center, or the Registrar’s Office — are there to help you.”

Kiannah Hayes, ’25

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage College because of the eagerness our professors and staff have to ensure students like me are successful. Carthage has one great education program! The staff at every center on campus — whether it’s the financial aid desk, The Aspire Center, or Registrar’s Office — are there to help you. Many times without you even asking! They will keep you on your toes as a student, so you never give up.”

Faculty mentors

“Oh yes! The Carthage faculty is so great! I’ve had my fair share of moments where professors blew my mind while speaking or kept me engaged for the whole two hours of a class. These professors showed me what type of educator I wanted to be!”

Favorite class

“My favorite class so far has been African American Religion, taught by Professor Crump. This class was engaging, and the information stuck with me because I was intrigued. I didn’t have to force myself to study; I was so excited about the class that I wanted to learn more.”

Campus involvement

“I am now the Vice President of the Black Student Union; I am a member of NASA (Native American Student Union) and UWC (United Women of Color).”

Internships or campus employment

“I am an Urban Teacher Preparation student worker. This program allows students in the field to get experience as soon as possible. As a worker, I advocate for the program and help create events while partnering up with schools around the Kenosha and Racine area, but I also attend the urban teacher prep program.”

Career goal

“My goal is to be an educator in the social science fields or get the chance to become an educator in sociology. I want to pursue this goal at the high school I’ve attended, Wheeling High School, or within that same district.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus has to be the Tower or the Campbell Student Union.”

Favorite memory

“My favorite Carthage memories have to be my trips with the Black Student Union — the 75 Years of Black Excellence Gala and the skating party we had with Parkside. My next best memory also has to be meeting my great friends, Maddie, Aaliseyah, Andrea, and Abby. They have made my Carthage experience so much better, and I’m glad I get to share it with them.”

Advice for other students in your major?

“I’m always here for people doing what they love to do, so don’t just consider my major! Consider many of the others on campus as well. You will be so surprised by what students find interesting. I will say if you’re a person who loves to think, become socially aware, and enjoy finding connections between young students academically, this is the major and minor for you.”


“I have received many scholarships and I am thankful for all of them! The one I hold dear to my heart is the Black Student Union Scholarship. I’ve been a member of the Black Student Union since my freshman year.”