Chelsea Reuter

Class Year

’16

Hometown

Lodi, Wis.

Major(s)

Chemistry

Minor(s)

Biology and Religion

Chelsea Reuter was attracted to Carthage because of the many extracurricular activities available to students. Now here, the chemistry major is taking full advantage of all Carthage has to offer.

Along with a rigorous course schedule, Chelsea is involved with Habitat for Humanity, Honors Council, Colleges Against Cancer, Omicron Delta Kappa, and is also on the women’s swim team.

“Don’t ever stop reaching,” she says. “Search for the opportunities and accept them as they come. Carthage has something for everyone.”

“Don’t ever stop reaching. Search for the opportunities and accept them as they come. Carthage has something for everyone.”

Chelsea Reuter, ’16

Career goal

“I hope to attend medical school and one day become a pediatric oncologist.”

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

“My favorite professor is Amareshwar Singh. I enrolled in his Cancer Biology course my freshman year. He is very down to earth and he is doing great things in the cancer research field, as well as staying connected and helping to inspire students like me!”

Favorite class

“Biochemistry served as a great challenge and yet was my most interesting class thus far because it connects my two favorite subjects in relation to the body and real world phenomenon.”

Campus involvement

“I have been a member of the women’s swim team, Habitat for Humanity, and Honors Council since my freshman year. This year, I am the public relations chair for Habitat for Humanity, president of Honors Council, and historian of Omicron Delta Kappa. I was also co-committee head of team development for Colleges Against Cancer and I am now the secretary.”

Toughest class

Physics conceptually tends to be out of this world.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I have and will continue to perform undergraduate research in chemistry. I am also headed to Nicaragua in June of 2015 for a J-Term study tour in which students volunteer in rural medical clinics.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Some of my favorite moments at Carthage include swimming, the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge, Relay for Life, the Late Night Breakfast, Christmas Festival, and the everyday interactions.”

Favorite spot on campus

“Starbucks is my favorite spot because it’s just the right mix of quiet and work, with hustle and bustle of the working world.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise is my career path choice. Also, realizing how much extra time I have to put in, in terms of lab work, versus the average non-science major.”

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

“I think my 8-year-old self would be proud, but shocked because when I was 8, I wanted to either be a teacher, swim instructor, roofer, or a dolphin trainer. Nothing medical and nothing chemistry-related. All of those things still sound appealing, and I have gotten the chance to do most of them at Carthage. I am able to teach swim lessons and I have worked on all phases of construction, including roofing, through Habitat for Humanity.”

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

“There are few and far between chemistry majors. Use this to your advantage. Take the one-on-one time with your professors and research, explore, and push the envelope on the normal course of study.”