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Jack Cartwright ’15

Name: Jack Cartwright

Class Year: 2015
Major: Government 

What kind of activities are you involved in on campus? 

I’m the News Editor for The Spectator, Hamilton College Democrats, Hamilton College Media Board, and I have two on campus jobs. 

Describe yourself in three words:

Adventorous, fun and determined.

Do you have a spirit animal?

No, but I just took a test that says my spirit animal is a wolf.  For me, the results said this: “Family comes first” could be a Wolf’s motto. You form deep connections with close friends and family members, and they know you’d do anything to protect them. You’re loyal, devoted, and passionate. Your worst fear is being alone, but be careful not to drown your loved ones in too much emotion.”  I’d say that’s pretty accurate.  I like to have a very close group of friends, and prefer to be around people rather than being alone.  I’m very loyal to my friends and family as well.  Sometimes I can be kind of a “lone wolf” in terms of my determination to achieve my goals and stick things out, as well as the fact that I consider myself generally to be a somewhat private person.  

Favorite movie to quote? Fight Club, Uncle Buck

Fight Club:

“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.” 

“The things you own end up owning you.” 

“I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say let… lets evolve, let the chips fall where they may.” 

Uncle Buck: 


“I don’t know, I can’t get enough cheese.  I feel like a big mouse!”

“Take this quarter, go downtown, and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face! Good day to you, madam.”

“Marcie Dahlgren-Frost. Dahlgren is my maiden name, Frost is my married name. I’m single again, but I never bothered to remove the Frost. And I get compliments on the hyphen.”

What’s your favorite source of procrastination?

Going for runs. 

Chocolate or vanilla?


Pencil or pen?

Pen definitely.  Sometimes if I ask to borrow someone’s pen and they only have a pencil, I won’t take it.  

What’s your favorite building on campus and why? 

My favorite building would have to be KJ.  Since I’m a government major, I’m in there a lot, so I feel like I should be loyal in saying it’s my favorite building on campus.  

If you could only give once piece of advice to an incoming freshman, what would it be?

My advice would be to take risks.  Actively seek out uncomfortable situations so that you can see what you like and what you don’t like.  You’ll probably meet some really great people along the way.  I don’t think I put myself out there enough freshman year, and I regret it.  There’s a great TED talk on vulnerability by Dr. Brene Brown that I really like.  Dr. Brown says that the people who put themselves out there with no guarantees tend to be the happiest and most successful people. 

Courtney is a sophomore at Hamilton College who is majoring Psychology and minoring in Sociology and Spanish. She enjoys tour guiding, writing, and living on the dark side.
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