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  • Allie Wesel '20
    Allie Wesel '20

Allie Wesel ’20

Hometown

New Lenox, Illinois

Major(s)

Neuroscience

Minor(s)

Biology, Chemistry

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is the individual study rooms in the Hedberg Library. When I really need to get work done, I go down there and they allow me to have a quiet area to focus where no one can come bother or distract me. Socially, I enjoy hanging out and getting food with my friends in the Stu. I also like to go to the Semler Fitness Center, located in the TARC, to work out and relieve stress.”

Much like her major, “a field that often correlates with other parts of science,” Allie Wesel is constantly engaged in different activities on campus. With help from her professors and classmates, Allie has excelled in the Neuroscience Department, set her sights on medical school after graduation, and created great memories with friends all at the same time.

“I chose Carthage for the small class sizes and the opportunity for one-on-one time with professors,” she says. “An intimate classroom setting is very important to me and Carthage provides just that for its students.”

When she’s not hard at work in class, Allie can be found studying in the basement of Hedberg Library, relieving stress at the TARC, or meeting with her Pi Delta Chi sorority sisters.

Allie encourages incoming students to “follow their hearts and do what they are passionate about. You are going to come across struggles and obstacles, but being determined and overcoming them is worth it when you’re doing what you love.”

Career goal

“Upon leaving Carthage, my plan is to attend medical school and pursue a career as a physician.”

Favorite professor

Dr. David Brownholland is always available to answer any questions I have and has eased my mind about my pre-med path. His classroom is set up in a way that is different yet effective. Dr. Daniel Miller is always in a good mood and I love going to his class. He makes me excited to learn about neuroscience and continue down a path where research is involved in my education.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class so far has been Neuroscience Research Methods and Statistical Analysis. This class has exposed me to research that is very hands-on. Being able to get this experience so early in my college career really makes me excited for the future and makes me feel like I have an advantage.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class has been Organic Chemistry. The material in this class is hard to grasp and can get very complicated. Putting all these concepts together is a difficult task for me and studying properly is something I struggle with.”

Scholarships

“I received the highest academic level scholarship. Receiving this scholarship and other grants have allowed me to continue to attend Carthage affordably.”

Campus involvement

“I am a member of Pi Delta Chi, the women’s service sorority. This group of strong women works to serve the community and campus while also empowering women. Being a part of this group has really helped me grow and become more involved.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“My favorite memories are of all the great people that I have met here. My freshman year, I played softball and met some of my best friends while I was on the team. I also enjoy exploring the Kenosha area and finding new places to eat.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“The biggest surprise so far in my college career has been finding a healthy balance between class, free time, and studying. Time management is something I continue to struggle with and college is a time when you’re constantly adjusting.”

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

“My 8-year-old self would think I was joking. I never thought I would be on the career path that I am, but once I got to Carthage, I knew I was where I needed to be, doing what I needed to do.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“Neuroscience is a field that often correlates with other parts of science. This major also offers a lot of opportunity for hands on experience and research within the field of study.”

Writer

Madeline Paakkonen ’21
  • 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.

    • 96% 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. 95% 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: 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018. 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 …

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