“I was really attracted to Carthage for its amazing STEM program and the close relationship with NASA. I am a physics major with a concentration in astrophysics, so their relationship with NASA and other companies who are STEM and physics centered assured me that I would have many awesome opportunities all four years that would prepare me for when I graduate.”
“As of right now, I do not have an official career plan, but I am considering the possibility of continuing to study and research physics and go for my Ph.D. in something physics related.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“The Carthage faculty have consistently tried to be helpful and understanding. All of my advisors have reached out to me when they thought I needed help, and they are super flexible when it comes to wanting to meet or discuss any issues you are having with anything. I have a good relationship with my advisors and professors, and that is so easy with the small class size. You become part of a community, and the professors are always willing to help if you reach out.”
“So far, my favorite class has been my Introduction to Physics class. I made a ton of friends with similar interests and majors, and my professor in that class was very funny and easy to learn from. I am now in clubs with the friends I made in that class, and I will hopefully continue to be in classes with them because we have similar majors.”
“So far, my toughest class has been Calculus I. I am a physics major, so I am almost automatically a math minor, and it’s interesting because I am good at physics math, but I really struggle with calculus. I do a lot better with math when I have real-world applications and solutions which physics provides.”
Internships or on-campus employment
Opportunities at Carthage
“I have had opportunities to be a part of and volunteer at the First Nations Launch hosted by NASA and the WSGC. I am also a part of the Carthage Treble Choir, so I have participated in a few concerts. I was heavily involved in choir all throughout elementary, middle, and high school, so it has been amazing to continue that into college. I have been a part of the Carthage Treble Choir for two semesters, and I have really enjoyed getting to know the people in the choir and getting to know the way that the choirs at Carthage work.”
“I received the Carthage Academic Honors Award, Carthage Endowed Scholar Award, and a few other grants. They have been very helpful, and I appreciate being recognized and receiving money toward my school. I feel like my hard work is acknowledged.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“I love Bingo nights. So many people come to Bingo, and I love to be able to go with my friends. We always bring snacks for our table, and we chat and just have a great time. I also love when Carthage has destress activities the week before finals because they bring in therapy dogs for you to pet, and it’s probably the only good thing about finals.”
Favorite spot on campus
“I think my favorite spot on campus is either the basement of the library by the big windows or in Straz on the lakeside by the windows. I really like the bright spots with lots of windows.”
Biggest surprise so far
“My biggest surprise so far has probably been how small this school actually is. Coming into Carthage, I was worried about not getting to know anyone or having trouble adjusting and making friends. I was lucky and adjusted pretty quickly, and I made a few good friends. Even now, at the end of this second semester, there are still people that I know that I didn’t know my friends knew, and we keep expanding our group, and it’s great.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“I think my 8-year-old self would think I am a little scary but super cool. I think 8-year-old me would want to be friends with me now. I think she would be surprised I didn’t become a rockstar (not actual rock, though), but I think she would still be impressed that I get to learn about stars and space and I get to sing while learning about music. She would also be jealous that I can climb things for fun whenever I want (because I am in the rock-climbing club).”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“I think people interested in learning more about physics should do it. There is a great support system, wonderful professors, amazing people, and so many cool opportunities that come with being a physics major. It is a great community that constantly challenges me and encourages me to do my best. It’s hard, but if you love it, I would say it’s one hundred percent worth it.”
“I choose Carthage for a couple of reasons. One major reason was the small campus and how close it was to home. Another reason I was really attracted to Carthage was the amazing STEM program they have and the close relationship with NASA. I am a physics major with a concentration in astrophysics, so their relationship with NASA and other companies who are STEM and physics centered assured me that I would have many awesome opportunities all four years that would prepare me for when I graduate.”