Gabrielle Cypher

Class Year

’16

Hometown

Mayville, Wis.

Major(s)

Social Work and Management

Gabrielle Cypher has wanted to help people for as long as she can remember, and finding a career - and college - that could help her achieve that goal was important to her. “I chose Carthage for many reasons,” she said. “The ability to double major and graduate in four years, the quality of the Social Work Department, the wonderful financial aid, and the one-on-one attention from professors are just some of the reasons.” 

Gabrielle is involved in the Social Work Advocacy Group; the social work honors society, Phi Alpha; the leadership honors society, Omicron Delta Kappa; and Colleges Against Cancer. “All of these organizations reflect what I am passionate about in my life and my future.”

“Last January I was able to travel to Senegal, West Africa, on a J-Term study tour. This was an incredible, life-changing experience. Traveling abroad has broadened my understanding and view of the world and the people around me. It has also made me a more adventurous person.”

Gabrielle Cypher, ’16

Career goal

“After I graduate from Carthage, I hope to go to graduate school to study medical social work. I hope to work at a children’s hospital in the oncology department and, one day, open or run a nonprofit that benefits children with life-threatening diseases or medical conditions.”

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

“My first social work class was with Linda Noer. I knew right away that I was in the right major, and that I wanted to do social work for the rest of my life. Throughout college, Dr. Noer has provided me with guidance and passion for my studies. Another professor who has had an impact on my Carthage career is Dani Geary. Dani led a J-Term study tour to Senegal, West Africa that studied the social systems, program, and the religion of the country. This trip, and the way Dani was able to explain and teach the material, was life-changing. I have grown so much as a person and as a future social worker. I’m very grateful for the chance to travel, and to have had Dani as a professor.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been Social Work Practice I. In this class we learned how to effectively interview clients in a social work setting. This class not only taught me how to interact with clients and people who are different than me, but it gave me skills to use in my everyday life.”

Campus involvement

“I am involved in the Social Work Advocacy Group; the social work honors society, Phi Alpha; the leadership honors society, Omicron Delta Kappa; and Colleges Against Cancer. All of these organizations reflect what I am passionate about.”

Toughest class

Social Work Practice I. Though it was my favorite class so far, it was also my toughest. This class challenged me. We were required to have an internship to put the skills we learned in class to practice in a social work setting. Putting the new skills into action was very challenging, but very rewarding.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“While at Carthage, I have had many different internships. I have interned at Jormac, a manufacturing company, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House of Eastern Wisconsin, and Kindred Nursing Home in Kenosha. These internships have helped me improve the skills that I have learned in class. They have also helped me to decide what I would like to do with my life.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“Last January I was able to travel to Senegal, West Africa, on a J-Term study tour. This was an incredible, life-changing experience. Traveling abroad has broadened my understanding and view of the world and the people around me. It has also made me a more adventurous person.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“One of my favorite moments at Carthage so far has been Relay for Life 2014. We raised about $74,000 for the American Cancer Society, surpassed our goals, and had an amazing event that honored and celebrated survivors. Just being able to be a part of planning and organizing of this event was so rewarding. It’s a night I will never forget!”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is the beach. I love the view we have at Carthage and being able to take advantage of having Lake Michigan as our back yard.”

Biggest surprise so far

“My biggest surprise so far has been the fact that I really enjoy living in the dorms. I know that sounds crazy, but I love being able to live right next to all of my friends.”

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

“My 8-year-old self would be happy with my studies and career path. I have always liked helping others and have finally found a career path that allows me to do that for a living.”

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

“If it’s your passion to help others, then social work is the major for you. Despite what people may say, this major has a great career outlook. The Social Work Department at Carthage is caring, passionate, and will become your second family!”