Heidi Fenske

Class Year








Heidi Fenske, ’13, discovered a love for biology after getting some real world experience through her research studies at Carthage and a J-Term trip to Nicaragua

“As an underclassman research student, I was introduced to professional laboratories and amazing experiences early on,” Heidi said. “These experiences are extremely advantageous when considering future education and careers.”

In addition to her lab and coursework, she had the chance to work with patients in Nicaragua on a medical mission trip she took last January. She describes the trip in one word: “Unbelievable.” 

“That trip was an amazing experience that I would repeat in a heartbeat,” she said. “The trip helped me narrow down career options with the experience in the medical clinics.”

Heidi feels that the professors at Carthage are the reason so many students excel when they arrive here. 

“The relationships students create with the professors on campus are amazing. The professors at Carthage are truly interested in their students’ success. Most professors go out of their way to help a student in need. I think Carthage students are extremely successful because of the amazing professors we have supporting us in academics and in our personal lives.”

“The relationships students create with the professors on campus is amazing. The professors at Carthage are truly interested in their students’ success.”

Heidi Fenske, ’13

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

“I do not have a favorite professor, because there are so many:Dr. PfaffleDr. Zorn and Dr. Koudelka are some of the ones to mention. These professors have helped me grow as a student and as a person. They have offered me amazing opportunities for which I will be forever grateful.”

Campus involvement

“I am involved in Pi Delta Chi, a service sorority. It is fun to get together with a big group of girls and help the community. I am also in Beta Beta Beta, the national biology honor society.”

Toughest class

“So far, Organic Chemistry has been my toughest class within my major, simply because of all of the reactions and mechanisms that I needed to know. The professors are amazing at explaining every concept, though, so acing the class is still a possibility.”

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

“Don’t ever be afraid of failure or making a mistake, because every successful scientist has made a mistake. Those mistakes teach you more about a situation than anything. Never let fear keep you from doing what you love.”