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Computer Science

Student Voices

Charles Gallagher ’19


Roscoe, Illinois


Computer Science, Philosophy



Favorite spot on campus

“There are rocks behind Tarble Hall2020欧洲杯积分榜 that are pushed out just enough to sit on and look at the waves crashing at night.”

Believe it or not, Charles Gallagher ’19 has been interested in intellectual property law since he was 8 years old. Now at Carthage, he is pursuing his dream by majoring in computer science and philosophy.

“I chose Carthage because it has the small school community that I was looking for, while also having the academic vigor similar to a big school,” he said.

2020欧洲杯积分榜 After Carthage, he plans to use the skills he has gained and apply them to the world of intellectual property law.

“Computer science is a great major to get into right now,” he said. “The job market is huge and the salaries are even bigger. Also, the feeling of creating a perfectly working project is a feeling that is not easily replicated. As for philosophy, no other major will create the hipster aesthetic that we all strive for.”

Career goal

2020欧洲杯积分榜 “After Carthage, I hope to take my computer science and philosophy skills and apply them to the world of intellectual property law.”

Favorite professor

Prof. Perry Kivolowitz and Prof. Mark Mahoney have both made a huge impact in my life. Taking Prof. Kivolowitz’s class freshman year convinced me to be a computer science major and Prof. Mahoney has given me the ability to take my computer science skill to a level I never thought I would reach.”

Favorite class

Western Heritage I (COR 1100)2020欧洲杯积分榜 has to be my favorite class at Carthage. Just like everyone else, I hated the fact that I had to take it. However, as the semester went by, I realized that I was truly passionate about philosophy, and I met some of my favorite people in Western Heritage I.”


“Last summer I interned at Automatic Fire Systems as an engineer. It was a great experience and I learned how to use AutoCAD, which will help a lot in the future.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“At Carthage I’ve had the opportunity to perform a solo in the annual Christmas Festival. Also, Linear Algebra (MTH 2040)2020欧洲杯积分榜 allowed me to apply my computer science knowledge outside of class. For my final project, I presented and created an encrypter and decrypter program. Carthage truly allows students to have experiences both in the STEM and fine arts fields.”

Campus involvement

“At Carthage, I’m involved in Math Club, Computer Science Club, and Alpha Lambda Delta. Joining clubs is a great way to meet people, and it is always fun to really dive in and see your club grow and create great things.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

2020欧洲杯积分榜 “One of my favorite memories at Carthage was move-in day. I remember distinctly walking into my dorm for the first time and thinking, ‘Wow, today is the beginning of a whole new step and I couldn’t be in a more beautiful place.’”

Biggest surprise so far?

2020欧洲杯积分榜 “I didn’t think I could run on less than four hours of sleep, but there is always a first for everything.”

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

2020欧洲杯积分榜 “My 8-year-old self would be quite amused and surprised that what I wanted to be at 8 would still be what I want at 19.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“Computer science is hard for everyone. There will be a time where you feel like you’re the worst programmer in the whole school. I promise you’re not — unless you are the one person who is the worst at computer science. … Then maybe consider philosophy.”

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