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  • Ayo Fury '22

Ayo Fury ’22


Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin





Favorite spot on campus

“You will always find me facing Lake Michigan in the back hall of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences. There are big white boards in the hall, which I use a lot to study and write out concepts I learned. You also can’t beat the view and the modern atmosphere.”

Career goal

“After I get my bachelor’s in chemistry, I plan on going to graduate school at Southern Denmark University in Odense, Denmark. After this, I am open to all options; although, currently, I am very interested in nuclear fusion and water purification. Those are two very different fields, but I find them interesting nonetheless.”

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

Professor Megan Moyer, is the reason I am a chemistry major. I originally started as a biology major but realized that I didn’t find biology interesting. I talked to Prof. Moyer about wanting to change my major, and she convinced me to switch to chemistry. I’ve been really happy with it ever since.

Professor Gregory Baer is also great. He has been my German professor for three semesters, and he is very supportive of me studying German and chemistry together.”

Favorite class

“Organic Chemistry has been my favorite so far. I’ve always been decent at languages, given that I can speak English, Danish, German, French, and Spanish. And I realized that organic chemistry, in a way, is like a language. In order to become fluent in a language, you have to immerse yourself and practice it. It’s the same way with organic chemistry. Because I really like languages, I treat organic chemistry as a language and have enjoyed becoming “fluent” in it.”

Toughest class

“Western Heritage II with Professor Seemee Ali was my toughest class. It requires students to take the texts and understand them from a deeper perspective. It was tough because I had to search for things that I didn’t know existed. But at the end of the course, everything we covered made sense, which was a rewarding feeling.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“This summer, I will be taking a J-Term trip to Germany and Austria for the class Representations of Germany’s Past. It will tie in nicely with another class I took called Representations of the Holocaust as a part of my German minor.

“I am also doing research with Professor Christine Blaine to get a better idea of what working in a chemistry lab is like. I am looking forward to this because I can definitely see myself working in a lab when I am older.”


“I received the Lincoln Scholarship, which covered tuition plus room and board. This scholarship has given me the opportunity to receive a free modern education, and I am very thankful for that. Being able to study two subjects that I love is more than I ever could have dreamed of.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I really enjoy having conversations with my professors. Each time I talk with them, I get to know them a bit more.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The small class sizes are incredibly enjoyable. I could not ever see myself going to a school where I felt anonymous in a lecture of 200 people. Carthage is a lot more one-on-one and allows students to get close with professors and classmates.”

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

“If someone told me as an 8 year old that I would be majoring in chemistry and minoring in German, I’d say they were crazy. I was not good at math or science when I was younger, and chemistry requires a lot of math, but here I am dealing with math and chemistry.”

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

“Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and to try something you think is hard. In high school, I thought chemistry was hard and that I would never work with chemistry, yet here I am majoring in it, and I love it.

“Also, minor in a subject that you find interesting. Don’t just minor in something because you think it could be helpful to your future career. Minor in a subject that you really enjoy. I am minoring in German because I find the language interesting.”

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $25,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …