Joseph Karpiak '13

October 28, 2013

Hometown: Lemont, Ill.

High School: Lemont High School

Major: Biology-Chemistry

Minor: Psychology


I was a resident assistant for two years. Also, I was majorly involved in the Columbian Players, which is the theatre group on campus. I was vice president of the club for three years as well as a part of seven productions for four years at SJC. Another club that I got involved in was the Student Association -- our student government. I was a member of the student senate for four years as well as being the executive vice president of the student body my sophomore/junior year.

How did you hear about SJC?

One of the admissions counselors came to my high school during lunch. My mother works as campus security at my high school, so she came up to me and said “Joe, wouldn’t it be cool if you went to a school that had the same name as you!” And then I checked out SJC, and I instantly fell in love with the small college atmosphere and class sizes.

Have you received financial aid?

The Presidential Scholarship. It allowed me to not have any debt for my undergraduate schooling and helps me in the long run with graduate school.

Why did you choose SJC?

I chose SJC because of the small college atmosphere. I wanted to go to a college where I wouldn’t be just a number. Also I chose SJC because I was able to get involved in so many activities. I always loved doing theatre and band in high school, and I wanted to continue that in college without having to be a Music or Theatre Arts major.

The Core Program

The Core Program is what makes SJC unique. One great aspect of the Core Program is that because you do not have any general education classes, you are able to start your major classes right away and find out if that major is what you want to do. Also, the Core Program has allowed me to develop critical thinking and writing skills that will help me with my future career as well as shape me into a better individual.

How did you find out about the Delta Epsilon Sigma award?

I was looking for scholarships that I could apply for online and I remember reading in the Delta Epsilon Sigma newsletter about fellowship awards the organization awards to a handful of senior members every year. So I went to the Delta Epsilon Sigma website and printed out the application and hoped for the best.

Who helped you with the award?

The faculty member who helped me the most was Fr. Tim McFarland. He gave me the materials necessary in order to apply for the scholarship as well as advice on my application.


Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.