Grace Kozisek

Class Year

’20

Hometown

Chicago, Illinois

Major(s)

Chemistry, Chinese

Minor(s)

Dance

“It was not at all easy to find a college that had Mandarin Chinese, dance, and chemistry. When I visited Carthage, I fell in love with the campus, and the welcoming professors, staff, and students that I have met make me feel right at home.”

Grace Kozisek, ’20

Career goal

“There are a bunch of career paths I’m interested in, but I’m thinking I’d like to go into lab chemistry. I could even become a translator, since I will be fluent in Mandarin Chinese by then. I’d like to keep dance in my life somehow, so there’s possibilities there, too. Basically, I’m still very open to the different options.”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

Professor Christine Blaine made my transition from high school to college really smooth and comfortable. Professor Mimi Yang has helped me by encouraging me to step into some leadership roles and to not be afraid of who I am. Instructor Stacy Pottinger has been a great support through dance. She has really helped me grow as a dancer and choreographer by encouraging me to just go for opportunities, instead of only considering them.”

Favorite class

“So far, I’ve really loved my general chemistry class with Prof. Blaine. I made some of my closest friends in that class. The class dynamics were really friendly and fun. We learned a lot and laughed just as much.”

Campus involvement

“I am involved in Swing Dance Club, Chinese Club, and Chemistry Club.”

Toughest class

J-Term Religion 1000 had a lot of content and close to a three-hour straight lecture. In the long run, taking the class was a good decision, but while I was taking it, I was definitely challenged.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I have been in two of Carthage’s dance shows and next school year, I plan on doing undergraduate research with Prof. Blaine.”

Scholarships

“I was very honored to receive Carthage’s Chinese Scholarship and the dance Scholarship. Earning both of these scholarships has made it possible for me to attend Carthage, and I am very grateful.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Some of my favorite moments come from spending time with my friends in the clubs I’m in. After Swing Club, a group of us would always go to the Student Union and talk.”

Favorite spot on campus

“I have two favorites so far; the little nooks and crannies of the David A. Straz, Jr. Center and the Campbell Student Union.”

Biggest surprise so far

“I didn’t fully know the reality of living with someone in the dorms.”

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

“I think she would be surprised that she would eventually become a science major since she didn’t have a lot of exposure to science then. She would love that I am now a dance minor.”

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

“Use your interests and passions to decide your majors. Pursuing your interests may help you find your ultimate career, instead of letting your potential career dictate your course of study. My best advice to new college students would be to have fun, be yourself, and don’t be afraid to explore.”