West Chicago, Illinois
Environmental Science and Psychology
Corporate Responsibility Assistant at ALDI
As a corporate responsibility assistant at ALDI, Alyssa Rodway ’22 focuses on deforestation and Scope 3 carbon issues in order to help make ALDI’s supply chains more sustainable. She credits her teachers and Carthage experience to her success at her current position.
“Many of my internships, as well as my current job, were offered to me in part because of my personal connections with my wonderful professors and the rich, extensive classroom opportunities I was able to have.”
What have you enjoyed most about your career?
“I have enjoyed gaining a corporate perspective on sustainability topics. Broadening my horizon in this way has given me a bigger arsenal of tools to approach large and complex situations. Feeling as though my work has an impact and knowing I have the skills needed to make important decisions has been a huge mindset shift for me, and I feel more prepared to continue in my career.”
How did Carthage prepare you?
“Handling a packed schedule and consistently being a cross-departmental student definitely helped me succeed in my current role. The liberal arts education that Carthage provides always encouraged me to ask questions and investigate all sides of a scenario, and it prepared me to do the same in a corporate setting. All of the amazing people I had the privilege to connect with at Carthage and in the surrounding Kenosha area are also a big factor in my success.”
Why did you choose Carthage?
“Honestly, I didn’t know where I wanted to go when college application season approached. I had a cousin who attended Carthage a few years before I did, and that was really all I had to go on. I got accepted into all six schools I applied to, but ultimately, I chose Carthage because of its location and distance from home, the welcoming atmosphere I felt when competing for a scholarship, and my friends from high school who also chose Carthage.”
What opportunities were made possible because of your Carthage experience?
“So many — they are hard to count. I got to conduct my own research and present it at two conferences. Many of my internships, as well as my current job, were offered to me in part because of my personal connections with my wonderful professors and the rich, extensive classroom opportunities I was able to have. I don’t think I would have been able to coordinate a campus-wide sustainability summit at a different college or have such deep and caring relationships with teachers.”
What Carthage professors played a part in your success and how?
“The whole Psychology Department faculty, especially professors Dennis Munk, Kateryna Sylaska, and Nora McLean, as well as professors Tracy Gartner and Matt Zorn. I owe many of my successes to my relationships with these incredible individuals. I would not have my degree without them, and I would never have had the chance to participate in so many meaningful endeavors that ultimately shaped me as a person during my formative undergraduate years. The connections that Carthage brought me are priceless and will last a lifetime.”
Were you an award recipient? If so, tell us about the awards you received and what they meant to you.
“I received the Carthage Highest Honors Scholarship, Psi Chi Regional Research Award, honors in the Psychological Science Department, and was the Distinguished Senior runner-up.”
What role have the values in Carthage's mission, "Seeking Truth, Building Strength, Inspiring Service — Together" played in your life?
“These values are behind many of the choices I make. Looking back at everything I have done, these were some great guiding principles that have led me in the right direction. I continue to embody these values everywhere I go, and I think they are reflected through my work, my personal life, and the people I keep in my circles.”