Kelly Kaderlik

Class Year

’17

Hometown

Rosemount, Minn.

Major(s)

Psychology and Studio Art

Kelly Kaderlik knew she had found the right school as soon as she toured Carthage. “It felt like home to me right away. I could really see myself at Carthage and taking advantage of all the opportunities it has to offer.”

Since being here, Kelly has gotten involved in Habitat for Humanity, Student Government, and Psychology Club. She is also double majoring in both studio art and Psychology in hopes of pursuing an art therapy career after she graduates.

“There are many different career paths you can pursue with the combination of majors and minors Carthage offers. Take your time here to figure out what inspires you most and apply that to the direction you’ll take.”

“There are many different career paths you can pursue with the combination of majors and minors Carthage offers. Take your time here to figure out what inspires you most and apply that to the direction you’ll take.”

Kelly Kaderlik, ’17

Career goal

“After I graduate from Carthage, I plan to attend graduate school to pursue a career in art therapy.”

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

“All of my professors have made an impact on me. There hasn’t been one class I’ve taken at Carthage that hasn’t made me think deeper and more critically about myself and the world around me.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage, so far, would have to be Cognitive Psychology with Dr. Cameron. This was my favorite class because it was interesting to do experiments on the Coglab site and discuss the findings in class. Without this experience I wouldn’t have realized how much I love analyzing data.”

Campus involvement

“I am involved in Student Government and Psychology Club, and I am the student government representative for Habitat for Humanity. I also work in the library for Family Fun Night.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class at Carthage was my Intro to Neuroscience class because it was a fast-paced class that covered a lot of material. However, this was a great experience and opened my eyes to what graduate school will be like.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“A great opportunity I had through Carthage was the Collegiate Challenge with Habitat for Humanity. We spent a week in Albany building two houses as well as lifelong friendships and memories.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“There are too many great moments to write about, but some of my favorite Carthage memories would be the small ones that happen every day like studying with friends, or participating in class, or seeing a friendly face on Campus Drive.”

Favorite spot on campus

“If it’s warm out, definitely down by the lake, but otherwise my favorite spot is by the spiral staircase in Lentz Hall.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise so far is the fact that I haven’t been homesick. Carthage is like a second home to me.”

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

“She would probably be pretty disappointed that we’re no longer interested in being an actress, but something tells me she’ll be OK with that.”

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

“Some advice I would give to students considering psychology or studio art as a major would be to have a game plan of what you want to do and always have a backup plan. There are many different career paths you can pursue with the combination of majors and minors Carthage offers. Take your time here to figure out what inspires you most and apply that to the direction you’ll take.”