Mackenzie Counard went to a small high school with many individualized learning experiences. She chose Carthage knowing that she would be provided with many of those same benefits: access to unique opportunities, close professor-student relationships, and small class sizes.
Now very involved in the Neuroscience and Psychological Science departments, Mackenzie has used these advantages to participate in undergraduate research, J-Term study tours, and in-depth class discussions.
Specifically, Mackenzie has been able to aid neuroscience professor Daniel Miller in biological and neurological studies as a member of his research team. Through one of Prof. Miller’s classes, the research group assisted with rat surgeries and other intensive projects.
In the future, Mackenzie hopes to develop a career in neuropsychology, working with various psychological issues, such as PTSD.
“I hope to go on to grad school to become a neuropsychologist. With my degree I wish to work with veterans coming home with PTSD and other psychological issues.”
“Dr. Daniel Miller has always been there to answer questions I have had about my future and classes.”
“My favorite class at Carthage so far is the Neuroscience Research Methods and Statistical Analysis class I am in now. This class has many hands-on learning opportunities, which makes learning harder subjects much more interesting.”
“The toughest class I have had at Carthage so far is Cognitive Psychology. This class is very interesting, but it is forcing me to apply what I know to situations instead of just memorizing the information.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“Yes, the Hay Presidential Scholarship. Receiving this scholarship was a great honor. It made me feel like everything I was working toward in my future was finally within reach. The judges recognized everything I had done in and out of high school and that made me feel very proud of all the work I had done. This scholarship made attending Carthage possible!”
Favorite moments at Carthage
“I loved going through formal spring recruitment and finding my home at Carthage.”
Biggest surprise so far?
“The biggest surprise so far has been finding friends that I feel like I have known my entire life. It’s hard to believe I have only known them for less than two years.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“My 8-year-old self would be proud I stuck with wanting to work in the medical field. I was always interested in the medical field and didn’t let the many years of schooling and work ahead scare me away.”
Advice for other students considering your major
“I love the neuroscience major! The opportunities it has given me so far are amazing. I am part of a research team with other neuroscience and biology students, and also in a class where I get to do surgery on rats to help Dr. Daniel Miller with his research. Take full advantage off all opportunities your major gives you!”