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  • Logan Sedig '15
    Logan Sedig '15
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Logan Sedig ’15

Hometown

Sterling, Ill.

Major(s)

Biology, Neuroscience

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is this rock that sits behind the Straz science building. It sits right on the lake and you can dangle your legs and watch the waves below. It is a great spot to relax and think and take in the beautiful lake or watch a sunrise or sunset.”

Logan Sedig chose Carthage for the variety of opportunities outside of the standard classes that are provided, such as the J-Term trips around the world, self-designed major options, and leadership and independent study programs. Here at Carthage, Logan studies biology and neuroscience. “The rigor of the biology and neuroscience routes are great for students looking for a mentally-stimulating challenge,” he said. “From hands-on experience in the lab sections of the classes, to challenging concepts covered in lectures, science is a fun and challenging route for those who want to learn more about how the natural world works.”

Logan has been involved in Character Quest, a competitive leadership program that involved outdoor team building, as well as being a resident assistant on campus. “It’s from these programs that I learned the most about leadership and how to lead groups of people in various environments,” he remarked.

In addition, Logan has been very involved in the Carthage Activities Board since his freshman year. He has been a member, the Director of Promotions, and subsequently the Director of CAB. “I got to know not only all the people in the organization and make some amazing friends, but also get to know the campus in general and really get a feel for the student body as a whole.”

Career goal

“I hope to go on to graduate school to obtain my Ph.D. and then move into research in zoology or physiology.”

Favorite professor

“One professor who had an impact on my life was my adviser and anatomy/physiology professor Dr. Paul Martino. Not only did he guide me in meeting my requirements for my major and help me to choose grad schools to apply to, but he also revealed to me my interest in physiology through his class. I had a lot of fun learning about physiology from him — so much so that I wouldn’t mind doing research in it for a career.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage so far is Physiology. The content was very interesting to me, and it was intellectually stimulating as well with how rigorous the course was. The professor was very hands-on with our learning and made sure that each and every student had the resources needed to do well in that class. The lab section was equally interesting in that we had the opportunity to design and implement our own physiology experiments on ourselves over a semester, then write a report on our findings and present it to our peers. The combination of hands-on experiences and intellectual stimulation really solidify this class in my mind as the best I have taken thus far.”

Toughest class

“The toughest class for me at Carthage so far has been Organic Chemistry 1 and 2. Chemistry is a very rigorous class, and chemistry is not something that comes easily to me. This meant that I had to put in even more effort than I normally do for classes in order to not only understand the topics but excel at them as I have come to expect of myself. I utilized all of my resources, such as professors and peers, and time managed appropriately and was still able to do well in the class.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“Some of the most notable opportunities I’ve had at Carthage are my experiences with the Character Quest leadership program, becoming a resident assistant, and undergrad research with the Neuroscience Program.

“Character Quest is an awesome competitive program that involves outdoor team building activities over three days in the summer, and then monthly meetings and mentoring of high school students in leadership during the academic year. It’s from this program that I learned the most about leadership and how to lead groups of people in various environments.

“Becoming a resident assistant is an awesome opportunity as well, as it puts me in a leadership position of a community of people for the year and it reflects on my abilities as a leader on campus that I was chosen for the position.

“My undergrad research experiences were great in that I got to do research in my areas of interest and develop my scientific skills in the field.”

 

Campus involvement

“I belong to Carthage Activities Board (CAB), Resident Life Council (RLC), Beta Beta Beta, Nu Rho Psy, Student Government, and Neuroclub.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“One of my favorite moments is when my future girlfriend and I were walking around campus in the spring and found the baseball field unlocked. Neither of us are athletic so we had never had the chance to run the bases on an actual baseball field and probably never would. We decided then and there to do it. We walked in and one person would ready up and fake swing while the other stood in the bleachers and cheered and the person would run around the bases and get a home run to even more cheering. It was an amazing experience that has stuck with me the subsequent years as one of those things I won’t forget.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“The biggest surprise for me so far has been just how involved I’ve gotten extracurricularly and how much I’ve accomplished in those organizations. In high school I was a very antisocial person and wasn’t involved in anything, but I vowed to change that in college. I came here and I joined all these different groups and made friends I never would have if I hadn’t gone out and joined these groups. By spreading myself out, I’ve grown as a person and as a leader, and become much more open and social and advanced as a person, much more than I ever did in high school. The changes I can see in myself never cease to amaze me.”

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

“I think my 8-year-old self would approve. I’ve always loved the sciences and I’ve always loved animals and learning how things work. I think he would see me now and not understand half the things that I know but be excited about them nonetheless.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“Time management is key. I like to start studying two weeks before an exam so that I can go through the material and still have time to ask the professor questions outside of class if I need to. Make sure you have enough time to get all your work done, not just adequately but excellently, because that will make the difference to med schools and grad schools when you begin applying. At the same time, though, time manage so that you have some free time to unwind as well. Go out with friends to a movie, go sit by the lake, read a book, or whatever distracts you from thinking about science and work and class, because you can get burned out very easily if you don’t take time to yourself sometimes.”

Writer

Haley Meents ’15
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