Chelsea Reuter was attracted to Carthage because of the many extracurricular activities available to students. Now here, the chemistry major is taking full advantage of all Carthage has to offer.
“Don’t ever stop reaching,” she says. “Search for the opportunities and accept them as they come. Carthage has something for everyone.”
“I hope to attend medical school and one day become a pediatric oncologist.”
“Biochemistry served as a great challenge and yet was my most interesting class thus far because it connects my two favorite subjects in relation to the body and real world phenomenon.”
“Physics conceptually tends to be out of this world.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“I have and will continue to perform undergraduate research in chemistry. I am also headed to Nicaragua in June of 2015 for a J-Term study tour in which students volunteer in rural medical clinics.”
“I have been a member of the women’s swim team, Habitat for Humanity, and Honors Council since my freshman year. This year, I am the public relations chair for Habitat for Humanity, president of Honors Council, and historian of Omicron Delta Kappa. I was also co-committee head of team development for Colleges Against Cancer and I am now the secretary.”
Favorite moments at Carthage
Biggest surprise so far?
“The biggest surprise is my career path choice. Also, realizing how much extra time I have to put in, in terms of lab work, versus the average non-science major.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“I think my 8-year-old self would be proud, but shocked because when I was 8, I wanted to either be a teacher, swim instructor, roofer, or a dolphin trainer. Nothing medical and nothing chemistry-related. All of those things still sound appealing, and I have gotten the chance to do most of them at Carthage. I am able to teach swim lessons and I have worked on all phases of construction, including roofing, through Habitat for Humanity.”
Advice for other students considering your major
“There are few and far between chemistry majors. Use this to your advantage. Take the one-on-one time with your professors and research, explore, and push the envelope on the normal course of study.”