Lily Anderson

Lily Anderson

Class Year



Rockford, Illinois


Computer Science



“Students should definitely consider computer science because it is a perfect clash of creativity and mathematics.”

Lily Anderson, ’25

Toughest class

“Computer Organization. Those who have taken it will agree with me. Completing that course was a huge confidence booster in my skills in computer science.”

Campus involvement

“I am a captain of the Mock Trial Team (an academic team), which has been very interesting. I encourage anyone interested in law to join because I learned that, while I love the competition of Mock Trial, I don’t want to be a lawyer, and Mock Trial helped show me that. With the team, I have been able to travel to courthouses all over the Midwest and get inside the daily lives of lawyers and judges. This team is also great if you want to improve your public speaking, quick thinking skills, and source citations!”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I am a computer science tutor on campus, which is super awesome. I love working with peers to help them understand a subject I am passionate about. Plus, the other tutors are super fun to work with, and I learn a lot from watching them help students, too.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“As a theatre minor, I have gotten the amazing opportunity to perform on Carthage stages! My freshman year, I got to work with Natalie Lall ’22, a great student director, on ‘Big Guns.’ My sophomore year, I got the feature role as Eurydice in ‘Antigone.’ My junior year, I get to help debut ‘The Genderless Play Experiment,’ written by C. Quintana and directed by Lucky Stiff, as one of seven cast members.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“One of my favorite memories is of teaching my roommate, Eva Menzia ’25, to fly a kite. I bring a kite every year just because, and last year, we both had some free time before classes on a windy Thursday, so we went down to the beach behind Madrigano Hall and flew the kite.

“I also enjoyed the time I was in a ceramics elective and worked late into the night in the studio with Eva, my friend KJ, and others. We learned how to use the pottery wheels (and how to clean them). And lastly, the memories of getting projects done with my friends in computer science, whether we were spending time at the Comp Sci BBQs or taking over an Oaks lounge past midnight.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“When I was 8, I would always tell my Grandma that I wanted to be an artist-scientist, and I think I’m getting as close to that as I possibly can.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Students should definitely consider computer science because it is a perfect clash of creativity and mathematics. I like to think that every program is a piece of creative writing. It also helps that computer science feels like a career path with unlimited opportunities. My advice for anyone considering computer science is that — if the debugging isn’t fun or gratifying, this is probably not your major, but that’s okay!”

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because the College has a great program for undecided students through The Aspire Center. I had a lot of worries about going to college because I felt like there was so much I liked to do. The Aspire Center staff helped me narrow down what I liked to do, which allowed me to find a major in computer science.”