Mandy Ehlert

Class Year



Mt. Prospect, Ill.


Neuroscience and Chemistry



Career goal

“I hope to professionally research the brain, its chemistry, and the effects it has upon human behavior after attending graduate school.”

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

Christine Blaine has had a major impact on me so far at Carthage. She taught my first chemistry course and her passion for the subject inspired me to become a chemistry major. She made my first college science class such a comfortable and fun environment, gave me sound advice, and helped me discover what I love.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage has been General Chemistry II with Christine Blaine. Like I previously stated, the environment Prof. Blaine created in the classroom was so welcoming and fun. I became good friends with a lot of the kids who sat by me and furthermore, I continued to learn and excel at what I love.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class so far has been China: Revolution to Reform, which was basically an upper-level Chinese politics class. Politics is very different from science. However the sense of accomplishment I felt when I turned in the 23 page research prospectus for that class can be unmatched by few other things in my life.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I plan to go to Honduras over J-Term and I am also desperate to apply for the SURE program over the next summer or two.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“One of my favorite memories is going on the ropes course outing with the Honors Program. It was a great way to bond with each other and I made a lot of friends there. It is hard to pinpoint my favorite memories because I’ve loved most of the ones I have made here. However, I especially enjoyed Late Night Breakfast in the Caf.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is the gap between Lentz Hall and Tarble Hall where there is nothing blocking the lake view. Although the small stretch is deadly when the ice wind is biting, it is when I look at that beautiful lake that I feel the closest to God.”

Biggest surprise so far

“I think my biggest surprise so far is the difference between living at home and living on your own. The adjustment was fairly easy, but it is different from what I thought it would be. It is so incredibly easy to become close to people in the dorms because they live just upstairs or down the hall. I have been blessed with an amazing group of friends.”

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

“I think my 8-year-old self wanted to be a doctor, and honestly the career path that I have chosen is not too far off from that. I guess my 8-year-old self was psychic.”

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

“I would advise students who are looking at Neuroscience or Chemistry to know themselves. Both majors take a lot of planning and hard work because of the lab time required, so make sure you’re passionate about the major. Passion is what drives us. Without passion for the brain, or the chemistry within it, these majors are not useful.”