Kiran Sehgal

Class Year

’18

Hometown

Cedar Grove, Wis.

Major(s)

Psychology and Neuroscience

Minor(s)

Spanish

Carthage’s small classes and reputation for pushing students to succeed drew Kiran Sehgal to the College. Now here, Kiran is double majoring in psychology and neuroscience.

Along with her double major, Kiran is very active in student organizations on campus. She is involved in ONE at Carthage, Residence Life, Running Club, and Yoga Club. “I’m grateful I chose Carthage College to launch me toward fulfilling my dreams in life. I am thankful for the beautiful campus that I get to call home for the next few years, the memories I will be able to make, and the goals I will accomplish here.”

“I am grateful that I chose Carthage to launch me toward fulfilling my dreams. I am thankful for the beautiful campus I get to call home for the next few years, the memories I will be able to make, and goals I will accomplish here.”

Kiran Sehgal, ’18

Career goal

“I hope to go to graduate school and pursue a master’s degree in a subbranch of psychology in order to become a clinical psychologist. I want to help people in preventative care toward cardiovascular disease and obesity by helping them make dramatic lifestyle changes that will enable them to decrease their chances of developing these health issues.”

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

“All of my professors have impacted my life in multiple ways. A few professors that I have thoroughly enjoyed having include Marla Polley for my Western Heritage class, as well as Leslie Cameron and Cornelia Zerban for my Intro. to Psychology class. Throughout Western Heritage, Prof. Polley aided me in thinking critically about how different classical pieces of English literature relate to real-life situations. In my Intro. to Psychology course, Prof. Cameron and Prof. Zerban made the field of psychology exciting for me. They inspired me to think critically about the lifestyles people live and ask questions about human behavior that I didn’t know I wanted answers to. All of these professors clearly showed how much they love their jobs as teachers.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been my Intro. to Psychology class. It was really interesting to learn about all of the different subfields of psychology that are being taught in the Psychology Department at Carthage. It was a unique course and the study sessions that were held by the supplemental instruction leaders helped make the class fun. They were very willing to help students succeed.”

Campus involvement

“I have been involved in ONE at CarthageResidence Life Council, the Running Club, and the Yoga Club. All of the people that I’ve met through these clubs and organizations have allowed me to flourish as a student on campus. I truly feel like I belong as a Carthage student. Since there are so many clubs and organizations, it was hard to decide which ones to join.”

Toughest class

“The funny thing about this question is that my favorite class has also been my toughest class, Intro. to Psychology. As cool as it was to have different professors teaching the lecture, it was difficult to adjust to the teaching styles of each one.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I have had the opportunity to participate in research experiments for senior theses, volunteer with the campus chapel group at Feed my Starving Children, and join in and listen to eye-opening presentations and speakers through Interfaith Conversations held by Pastor Kara. These opportunities have given me the chance to explore more about who I am as an individual.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“The Late Night Breakfast served by faculty and staff on the Tuesday night before finals was fun. Other moments I love are just being able to say ‘Hi!’ to my friends as I walk from class to class. I also love meeting up with my organization and club members for activities during the week. This has provided me with memorable moments like holding a candlelight vigil for AIDS Awareness Week in December, and hosting a Family Fun Night in November to play games and make crafts with younger kids in the community.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus has been the Hedberg Library. I love going to the rooms downstairs to study for exams while drinking a nice hot cup of coffee or tea from Einstein Bagels. The enticing aroma of Einstein’s alone might just be one of my favorite aspects about walking into the library.”

Biggest surprise so far

“One of the biggest surprises has been how friendly people are on campus. There are countless moments that go by in a week where I am taken aback by how polite students are. We hold doors for one another. Senior mentors - those students who were small group leaders during the first week of freshman orientation remember you and ask you how classes have been going. There are so many friendly faces on campus that it’s hard not to catch yourself smiling from class to class.”

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

“My 8-year-old-self would think that I’ve changed a lot. I’ve gone from being a shy person to someone who is really outgoing and excited about their degree and career path. She would be proud of the young woman I am becoming because I have changed so much, in a positive manner, and she would be supportive of the dreams I work toward each day.”

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

“I would tell students that they have to be willing to give up their nights to reading from their textbooks and doing a lot of work outside of class in order to succeed. Key traits that a neuroscience and psychology double major must have are diligence, motivation, and natural curiosity for the bigger questions in life.”