Dara Zucker

Class Year

’16

Hometown

Kenosha, Wis.

Major(s)

Psychology

Minor(s)

Women and Gender Studies

“I have always struggled with school and wasn’t sure I would even attend college, but here I am in my junior year, not only working toward a major in psychology, but a minor in women and gender studies.”

For a student, these words speak volumes. “[At Carthage] I have had the opportunity to get to know teachers and have found friends with similar interests without having to look too far.”

Born and raised in Kenosha, “Psychology is the shapeshifter of studies. It is one that you can do just about anything with. For me, I like how the mind and thoughts are processed. I even enjoy some of the abnormal psychology. Psychology gives you in-depth studies, but allows you to be flexible with where you want to go after undergrad education.”

Career goal

“I want to work in human resources, solving everyday clashes between people and making environments easier and more comfortable to work in for everyone.”

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

Sandie Bisciglia. I cannot say enough wonderful words about this woman. She is beyond brilliant, full of life, and brings a fun energy to all of her classes, meetings, and events. She is nothing less than a joy. She inspires me and is the reason I am a women and gender studies minor.

Leslie Cameron is another one. Not only is she my advisor, but she is a wonderful professor. She brings an energy and excitement to learning that makes me want to attend her class. She is understanding, helpful, and a wonderful professor. She has helped me out so much with my major. I am privileged to know both of these ladies and have them influence me.”

Favorite class

Abnormal Psychology because I enjoy that topic overall, or Religion 1000 with Prof. Bisciglia.”

Campus involvement

“I was a part of badminton and yoga club. Now that I live off campus, I am not always able to attend, but I do partake in events opened to students on campus such as the movies, bingo, and gaming tournaments. It is important to me that I stay in tune with campus even though I no longer live in the dorms.”

Toughest class

Internships or on-campus employment

“I was the fellow for women and gender studies for 2014-2015, and assisted those professors with work they needed done. For example, I transcribed interviews for Prof. Hauser, and assisted Prof. Bisciglia during the Diversity Summit.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I had the opportunity to display artwork from a J-Term course, display work for women and gender studies, and have been able to be a part of many events and seminars. I am even a member of the women and gender society Iota Iota Iota.

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Being on campus overall. There is something extra special when you get to live on campus. You are more tuned in and you experience more.”

Favorite spot on campus

“The basement of Hedberg Library. It’s good for quiet studies and naps.”

Biggest surprise so far

“Being so welcomed, and being able to be a part of the academic community with women and gender studies.”

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

“I think my 8-year-old-self would be impressed and inspired. I have always struggled with school and wasn’t sure I would even attend college, but here I am in my junior year, not only working toward a major in psychology, but a minor in women and gender studies.”

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

“You have to want to learn. Psychology is not this easy-peasy, let’s-hold-hands type of major. It’s a lot of thinking, examining, experimenting, and understanding. Also, never be afraid to ask for help. It’s not easy to learn and everyone needs some help now and then.”