Juan Alberto Gomez-Solis ?25

Juan Alberto Gómez-Solis

Class Year

’25

Hometown

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Major(s)

Spanish and Biology

Minor(s)

Chemistry

As a first-generation college student and a native Spanish speaker, Juan Alberto Gómez-Solis ’25 was thrilled to receive the Modern Languages Scholarship for Spanish. As he works toward his career in biology research, he is also able to experience incredible opportunities related to his Spanish major, such as traveling to Spain for J-Term. There, he stayed with a host family, experienced the culture, enjoyed food, and took tours of the cities.

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“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.”

Juan Alberto Gómez-Solis, ’25

Why Carthage?

“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!”

Faculty mentors

“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.”

Favorite class

“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.”

Toughest class

“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.”

Campus involvement

“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.”

Internships or 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.”

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

“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.”

Advice for other students in your major?

“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.”

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