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  • Alexandria Wheeler 21

Alexandria Wheeler ’21

Hometown

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Major(s)

Mathematics

Minor(s)

Computer Science

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is the little balcony outside the David A. Straz, Jr. Center. I love to sit out there and do my homework or read on warm sunny days.”

Career goal

“I plan to attend graduate school and get my PhD in mathematics. After that, I plan on teaching math at a college somewhere.”

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

Professor Sara Jensen was very helpful in pointing out a couple summer math research opportunities to apply for when I mentioned I was interested in attending graduate school after college. Professor Haley Yaple has also been extremely helpful with whatever questions I have, in or outside of class.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class was probably Discrete Structures over J-Term. I loved simply taking one math class every day, and my professor was awesome.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class at Carthage so far was Calculus II with Prof. Jensen. She really pushes you as a student to achieve your best and work your hardest. It was a tough class, but I really felt like I learned a lot from her.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I have had the opportunity to attend a math conference at St. Norbert’s College in the fall, and I plan on attending the MAA conference with the Math Department in the spring.”

Scholarships

“I qualified for the highest Carthage merit scholarship.”

Campus involvement

“I am a member of Math Club, and I attend meetings with Rock Climbing Club frequently as well.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Some of my favorite Carthage memories are hanging out in the Campbell Student Union with friends until two in the morning just talking or going to the math lab for hours with my classmates trying to figure out our homework.”

Biggest surprise so far

“My biggest surprise so far was actually loving all my freshman classes! I had so much fun with my Spanish and Western Heritage professors, and all my math professors were wonderful. It doesn’t matter what the course material is, a great teacher makes for an enjoyable class, and Carthage has great professors.”

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

“My 8-year-old self would be very happy with where I am in my studies now. Growing up with two math teachers as parents, I have wanted to be a math professor for as long as I can remember and I couldn’t wait to grow up and learn more about it.”

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

“I feel it is very beneficial to attend a math conference or two, even if you’re not sure if you want to major in mathematics. You can get a feel for the practical uses of math and see what other students are studying now. Also, talk to the professors in the math department, as they are very helpful in finding a good career fit for you.”

Writer

Madeline Paakkonen ’21
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