Although she would never have predicted it, Grace Kozisek has become fully immersed in the natural sciences at Carthage. As a chemistry major, Grace has made strong connections with her professors, specifically chemistry Professor Christine Blaine, and continues to expand her passion for the subject through Carthage labs and experiments.
In addition to her love for chemistry, Grace has also been able to continue her education in Chinese and dance at Carthage. This combination of science, art, and language truly represents the liberal arts education that she came to Carthage to get.
“I’m not sure what career I want to go into just yet. There are a bunch of career paths I’m interested in, but I’m thinking I’d like to go into lab chemistry. I could even become a translator, since I will be fluent in Mandarin Chinese by then. I’d like to keep dance in my life somehow, so there’s possibilities there, too. Basically, I’m still very open to the various different options.”
“Professor Christine Blaine has been the best chemistry professor and Chemistry Department chair that anyone could ask for. She has been fully engaged and interested in getting to know me and helping me through my first year of college. I absolutely love the bubbly personality she has when she is teaching. Professor Mimi Yang has helped me by encouraging me to step into some leadership roles and to not be afraid of who I am. Stacy Pottinger has been a great support through dance. She has really helped me grow as a dancer and choreographer by encouraging me to just go for opportunities, instead of only considering them.”
“So far, I’ve really loved my general chemistry class with Prof. Blaine. She made the transition from high school to college really smooth and comfortable. She understood that we were freshmen and needed a bit more patience sometimes. I also made some of my closest friends in that class. Overall, the class dynamics were really friendly and fun. We learned a lot and laughed just as much.”
“It was, hands down, Religion 1000 over J-Term. The professor himself wasn’t bad, but the sheer amount of content, close to 3-hour straight lecture, and the fact that I picked the morning block really challenged me. In the long run, it was a good decision, but while I was taking it, I was definitely challenged.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“I have been in two of Carthage’s dance shows and next school year, I plan on doing undergraduate research with Prof. Blaine.”
Favorite moments at Carthage
“Oh, there are so many that I’m having a hard time picking. I’d have to say some of my favorite moments come from spending time with my friends in the clubs I’m in. After Swing Club, a group of us would always go to the Student Union and talk.”
Biggest surprise so far?
“I didn’t fully know the reality of living with someone in the dorms.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“I think she would be surprised that she would eventually become a science major since she didn’t have a lot of exposure to science then. She would love that I am now a dance minor.”
Advice for other students considering your major
“I would suggest using your interests and passions to decide your majors. Pursuing your interests may help you find your ultimate career, instead of letting your potential career dictate your course of study. My best advice to new college students would be to have fun, be yourself, and don’t be afraid to explore.”