Mitch Ducett

Class Year

’15

Hometown

Mukwonago, Wis.

Major(s)

Chemistry

Minor(s)

Biology, Spanish

In high school, Mitch Ducett never liked chemistry. But by the middle of his freshman year at Carthage, chemistry professor Walter Smith had convinced him to major in the subject. Now Mitch feels like his chemistry studies will help prepare him for the medical world, both through the content of his chemistry courses and because he’s learning to think in a different way.

“Chemistry is unique in that the work and thinking required is very meticulous,” Mitch said. “Despite the detailed coursework, the collaboration with your classmates and faculty make this major worthwhile and actually fun.” 

“Carthage has provided me with some unforgettable and invaluable opportunities that are imperative if I’m considering graduate school.”

Mitch Ducett, ’15

Career goal

“I aspire to become a D.O. physician, possibly in family medicine, cardiology, or orthopedics.” 

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

“It would be tough to single out one professor. All of the chemistry professors I’ve had, including Profs. Smith, Eckert, and Blaine, have helped, supported, and pushed me academically in their own unique ways.” 

Favorite class

“My favorite class was Organic Chemistry. This class tests not only your understanding of the material, but also your ability to think at a higher level. It really sets the tone for future classes and helps you develop study habits necessary to have success in higher level classes.” 

Campus involvement

“I am a member of the Pre-Health Club, Carthage World Relief, and the Theta Chi Delta Honorary Chemistry Fraternity. For my first two years, I worked in Hedberg Library. I also enjoy playing the keys in my roommate’s band and performing at various concerts on campus throughout the year.” 

Toughest class

“My toughest class so far has been Physics. The concepts in this class are fairly new to me, and it is a different kind of thinking. However, like any other class at Carthage, as long as you are persistent with your studies and use the resources available, your grade will reflect the amount of work you put into the course.” 

Opportunities at Carthage

“Carthage has provided me with some unforgettable and invaluable opportunities that are imperative if I’m considering graduate school. For example, the Pre-Health Club at Carthage gave me the means to become a medical scribe. This is an invaluable position that provides you with a firsthand medical experience in which you assist a physician with the documentation of patient medical records. It really allows you to get a feel for what a career in the medical field actually encompasses, and ultimately decide if it is the lifestyle for you.”

“I also went on the Nicaragua J-term trip where I worked in the medical clinics, helped with the water project, and had the time of my life. I would recommend this trip to everyone, even if you aren’t a science major.” 

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite moment at Carthage by far was the two weeks I spent in Nicaragua with my classmates and Prof. Zorn and Prof. Pfaffle. Hanging out with the doctors (both American and Nicaraguan) was cool.” 

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is probably the TARC. It is nice to be able to take a break from everything and get in some exercise or play some racquetball.” 

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise for me was how easy it was to make new friends. For most incoming freshmen, I think one of the most anticipated things is making new friends. And it should be, because it is one of the most exciting things about coming to college. The connections and friendships you make here are going to shape your college experience.” 

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

“For any student considering a science major, I would advise them to go for it. Any science major requires a lot of work, time, and dedication, but the power to succeed is in your hands. As long as you are willing to put in the time and effort, you will have success at Carthage. The faculty are more than willing to help you achieve your goals, both in the classroom and for the future.”