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  • Luci Krenzke '18
    Luci Krenzke '18

Luci Krenzke ’18


Racine, Wisconsin




Biology and Spanish

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is sitting in the comfy chairs by the big windows overlooking the lake in the Straz Center. When you’re studying or just eating lunch before class, it is always so peaceful and beautiful to sit right there. Plus, being a science major, doing homework there is super nice because all of the science faculty are right there in case you ever have a question.”

As someone with a wide variety or interests, Luci Krenzke wanted to attend a college where she could do a little bit of everything. She found what she was looking for at Carthage.

“I am able to compete on a very competitive athletics team while still being able to get a good education, be a part of numerous on-campus organizations, hold on campus jobs, and study abroad. Plus, the location is definitely an added bonus! Being so close to Milwaukee and Chicago, it offers so many internship and shadowing opportunities, and how can you go wrong with Lake Michigan being in your backyard?,” she said.

At Carthage Luci is studying neuroscience and is working toward her 8-year-old self’s goal of becoming a veterinarian.

“Students should consider majoring in neuroscience because it gives you so much hands on research experience that will be very valuable when applying to grad school. Also, the neuroscience faculty at Carthage are top notch! They are very welcoming and open to questions, and willing to help whenever you need it.”

Career goal

“I hope to go on to veterinary school and become either a large animal or equine veterinarian.”

Favorite professor

“There are so many good professors at Carthage that it is hard to choose, but I would say one of my favorite professors at Carthage would definitely be Prof. David Brownholland. He taught Organic Chemistry (CHM 2070), which arguably is one of the toughest courses I’ve taken, but he made it very interesting and easier to comprehend. He strives to really make his students understand the material and not just memorize it, which in general is a great skill to have. He is always so willing to answer questions about classes or grad school and I love how much he genuinely cares about his students and their successes.”

Favorite class

“Some of my favorite classes I have taken at Carthage would include both Phage Hunters 1 and 2 because they taught me great research techniques during my freshman year. Other favorite classes would include Neuroscience Research Methods (NEU 2500) and I surprisingly also really enjoyed Organic Chemistry (CHM 2070).”

Toughest class

“My favorite class has actually also been one of my hardest classes. Surprisingly enough, my favorite class has been Organic Chemistry (CHM 2070). It was taught by one of my favorite professors at Carthage, and the whole class is very interesting because it really brings a lot of the science concepts together. After taking the class, a lot of why different molecules interact the way they do, and how they form, make a lot more sense.”


“I completed an animal welfare internship at the Racine Zoo. It was a great experience because I got to work very closely with the animal care staff to provide daily care to all the animals at the zoo. I got to do everything from cleaning exhibits, diet preparation, observing animal training, and different medical examinations, to creating enrichment. Because I want to become a veterinarian in the future, this internship definitely provided great hands on experience with animals I normally would not get a chance to work with. It also gave me a look into other animal related careers. I built some really great relationships with some of the staff there and had a lot of fun. Even after it ended, I was able to stay on as a volunteer and continue working at the zoo.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“This past June I was able to complete a J-Term study tour in Spain. I went with a group of ten girls, and we spent three weeks in Madrid, Valencia, and some other neighboring cities. It helped complete some of my Spanish minor requirements, and gave me a great experience by being immersed in a Spanish speaking country. We stayed with host families, and did numerous sight seeing excursions. It was so much fun, and I would definitely say that my Spanish got much better after being on the trip.”

Campus involvement

“I am very involved here on campus. I am a member of the Pre-Health Club, and the Nu Rho Psi and Alpha Lambda Delta honors fraternities. I also am very involved in the Honors Program here at Carthage. I am the secretary of Honors Council as well as an honors representative for admissions. I also have held on campus jobs as a lab assistant for the Phage Hunters program and am on the Carthage Women’s Volleyball Team.

Favorite moments at Carthage

“My favorite Carthage memory was definitely playing in the Final Four in 2015 with the volleyball team. It is such a huge accomplishment for our team to make it that far, and it was so cool seeing our hard work and dedication pay off! It is only the second time in program history that we made it to the Final Four and playing in front of a huge crowd of our friends and family, and knowing our whole Carthage community was cheering us on back home, was something I will never forget.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“My biggest surprise at Carthage has been how many opportunities there are for students to get involved and do so many different things. It’s hard to find a student here that is not involved in at least one club or athletics team. I never thought it would be possible for me to do so many different things in college while still being able to keep my grades up, but the faculty and my fellow classmates are so encouraging and I am so grateful for every opportunity I have had on and off campus so far.”

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

“I think my 8-year-old self would be very proud of me! I have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember, and I think she would be happy to see how close I am to getting there now.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“Get involved! Ask questions! Everyone at Carthage is so willing to help and there are opportunities to do something cool basically every time you turn around. Be open to step outside your comfort level and dive right in!”

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage was granted Wisconsin’s first chapter in Nu Rho Psi, the national honor society for neuroscience. 

    • The Neuroscience Department offers one of Carthage’s most popular J-Term study tours: Biodiversity, Brains, and Behavior. In this course, students earn scuba certification, then spend January diving in Honduras to understand the evolution of nervous systems and behavior.

    • New in 2015, the Carthage Science Center features a neuroscience laboratory equipped with rat and mouse colonies, a behavioral data collection room, suites for rodent surgery and histology, and a confocal microscopy lab.

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2019), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has been named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows three years running. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …