“I chose Carthage because of its partnership with the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium and the opportunities offered for undergraduate research in the Physics Department.”
“I intend to go into a career of commercial piloting with future aspirations of higher education and aerospace engineering.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“Carthage faculty are the best! Whenever I’ve struggled or doubted myself in academics or just personally, I always knew I could reach out to them for transparent advice. In terms of success, all of my professors, especially in the Physics Department, have pushed for me to succeed way past what I thought were my limitations. In particular, I would like to thank Professor Kevin Crosby for the guidance he has given not only to me, but to the many other students who I know he has impacted throughout his time here.”
“My toughest class so far has been Religion and Love. The material itself was not necessarily the hardest I’ve faced, but rather the class challenged my previous thinking of the divinity of love and expanded my understanding of how love can be different but also the same through various religions.”
Internships or on-campus employment
“I had a summer internship with the Microgravity Team here at Carthage. This opportunity was a solidifying element in the direction I have been taking career-wise. It allowed me to be introduced to research in my field of interest and brought out my love for aerospace engineering and my hope to make an impact on the progression of space travel overall.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“I have been very active in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives on campus and have had the chance to give presentations on the topics of colorism and being a minority woman in STEM. Recently, I had the chance to speak at the annual MLK Day event. I also have been in various musical ensembles on campus and have had multiple sound art pieces featured in the Juried Student Art Show throughout the years.”
“I received the Women in Aviation Scholarship from Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) my junior year. This helped me financially but also allowed me to be introduced to the growing world of women pilots and develop a beneficial support network exclusive to women.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“Some of my favorite moments at Carthage include helping lead a Black Lives Matter march with BSU the fall after the Jacob Blake incident, which happened locally. It was great to see both the Carthage and Parkside students band together to support the community during that time.
“Also, my first zero-g flight with the space science team. This was my first active research experience not to mention I got to experience zero gravity!”
Favorite spot on campus
“My favorite spot on campus is the WSGC conference room in Straz. Not only is it a great group study space but also has a beautiful view of the lake.”
Biggest surprise so far
“My biggest surprise so far are all the things I have been able to do during my time here at Carthage. In addition to my academic life, I have been able to immerse myself in the Carthage community through various organizations and events and create a sense of belonging amongst my peers.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“8-year-old me would be excited to see current me living out my manifestations of a little girl obsessed with the stars and moon.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Physics is the essence of life. To gain greater knowledge in physics is to understand the functionality of the universe and ultimately yourself. The greatest advice I can give to someone wanting to pursue physics is to acknowledge when you’re struggling. Physics is hard, but it is worth sticking through because it’s truly satisfying when all the pieces come together.”
“I chose Carthage because of its partnership with the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium and the opportunities offered for undergraduate research in the physics program. Also, it is close to home!”