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Dani Borchart ’19


Hudson, Wisconsin




Spanish, Business Administration

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is the David A. Straz, Jr. Center. The view can’t be beat!”

In hopes of becoming a biochemical or medical researcher, Dani Borchart has worked closely with her chemistry professors, specifically Dr. Christine Blaine and Dr. Gabriella Kartz, to discover exactly which path she would like to pursue in her field. She credits the two for encouraging her studies with their exciting and thought-provoking lessons.

Dani originally chose Carthage for its great study abroad options. Now after attending two J-Term study tours to Guatemala and Tanzania, she has been able to take full advantage of those opportunities while also improving her Spanish skills and learning about new cultures. Dani states that “each trip was life-changing in its own way.”

On campus, Dani can be found performing with the Carthage Red Hots Dance Team and also enjoys participating in the annual Relay for Life.

Career goal

“After graduation, I hope to get a job in a biochemical or medical research lab.”

Favorite professor

Dr. Christine Blaine is such a great professor to have because she is so enthusiastic about what she teaches. Her excitement about chemistry is contagious and makes class fun and interactive.”

Favorite class

“My favorite Carthage class so far was Biochemistry with Dr. Gabriella Kartz. I really enjoy both biology and chemistry, and I thought the crossover between the two subjects was interesting to learn about.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class at Carthage was Physics because there is just so much material to learn in each semester.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I have taken two J-Term study tours at Carthage. My first trip was a Spanish immersion trip to Guatemala. We lived in a community and made a connection with the people who lived there while improving our language fluency. The second trip I took was to study religions in Tanzania. We not only visited religious sites but also went on safaris and saw different tourist destinations. Each trip was life-changing in its own way.”

Campus involvement

“I’m on the Red Hots Dance Team, which I absolutely love! I have met my best friends through this team and everyone on the team is very close. We don’t compete, but we do perform at all home basketball and football games, as well as events throughout the community when we can.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“One of my favorite memories from Carthage is Relay for Life every year. There are so many people and it’s a fun event for a great cause!”

Biggest surprise so far?

“The biggest surprise so far has been that I have met so many amazing people. I have definitely made many lifelong friends here.”

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

“My 8-year-old self was very set on being an engineer so I would probably be wondering why that didn’t work out. Although, my 8-year-old self hadn’t taken physics yet.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“Chemistry is a fascinating subject that opens so many doors to different career opportunities. Not all chemistry majors go on to work in labs. You can go into many medical fields, sell chemicals or equipment to other businesses, or even become a patent lawyer. You can take chemistry in whatever direction you want.”

“One piece of advice I would give to students considering a chemistry major is that it can get tough at times, but the professors want you to succeed! Don’t be intimidated to ask them for help, whether its about class or career decisions.”


Madeline Paakkonen ’21
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