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  • Gianna Trippiedi '22

Gianna Trippiedi ’22

Hometown

Addison, Illinois

Major(s)

Neuroscience, Psychology

Minor(s)

Chemistry, Biology

Favorite spot on campus

“Currently, my favorite spot on campus is sitting in the bay window in my bedroom in The Tower Residence Hall. My room faces the campus side, so I love to people watch!”

Career goal

“After graduating, I am planning on attending optometry school with the ultimate goal of becoming an eye doctor!”

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

“Although I am a science major, one of my favorite teachers is Professor Annette Duncan. She is one of the kindest, most accepting person I have ever met. Another one of my favorite professors is David Brownholland. He has been a huge help in my journey as a science major and navigating the pre-health requirements.”

Favorite class

“My favorite classes are currently Social Psychology and Abnormal Psychology. I really enjoy being in classes that allow for open discussion and interpretation of the material. Yes, some have a solid right or wrong answer, but it is fun to explore how to get to those answers and see how other people’s experiences shape their answers.”

Toughest class

“So far my, toughest class is Biochemistry. It is an upper-level course and challenges me to apply concepts from previous classes as well as gaining a more in-depth knowledge of general concepts.”

Campus involvement

“I am currently involved in Alpha Chi Omega (social sorority), the National Society of Leadership & Success (NSLS), Pre-health Club, Psychology Club, and on-campus employment. These definitely keep me busy! I currently hold an executive board position in my sorority, in which I organize fundraising and awareness events about domestic violence.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“One of my favorite things each year is being an orientation leader for the incoming freshmen! It is a fun week of getting to know people and helping new students feel at home! Another one of my favorite memories is working for the Admissions Office over the summer!”

Biggest surprise so far

“Coming to college, I was very nervous about what people would think of me, especially since these are not the same people I have grown up with my entire life. The biggest surprise to me was that no one really cares to judge you based on what you look like, how you grew up, what your major is, etc. It’s a comforting feeling knowing that most people are open to having friends who are different than they are.”

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

“When I was eight, I was involved in Girl Scouts. A big part of being a girl scout is volunteering and helping those around you. I feel that I still hold those two things very close to my heart with service work through my sorority and my goals of pursuing a career in the medical field.”

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

“My advice would be that just because you are a science major does not limit your interests! Join clubs, go to events that pique your interest, and have fun with your college experience.”

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage was granted Wisconsin’s first chapter in Nu Rho Psi, the national honor society for neuroscience. 

    • The Neuroscience Department offers one of Carthage’s most popular J-Term study tours: Biodiversity, Brains, and Behavior. In this course, students earn scuba certification, then spend January diving in Honduras to understand the evolution of nervous systems and behavior.

    • New in 2015, the Carthage Science Center features a neuroscience laboratory equipped with rat and mouse colonies, a behavioral data collection room, suites for rodent surgery and histology, and a confocal microscopy lab.

    • 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 …

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