Macy Anderson was drawn to Carthage because of the small class sizes, the personal interaction with professors, and the beautiful views. Now here, she is majoring in biology on her way to becoming a dentist.
“Biology is a fantastic major. It’s challenging at times, but extremely interesting. A lot of time and hard work goes into it, but it has had a wonderful satisfaction thus far. The professors in the Biology Department are also great and very helpful,” she said.
Not only is Macy involved in her studies, she is involved in extracurricular activities on campus including Alpha Chi Omega, Carthage World Relief, Beta Beta Beta, Chemistry Club, and Carthage’s Pre-Dental Society. She is also a student ambassador working for the Admissions Office, and a biology fellow for the Biology Department.
“My advice is to work hard and don’t give up. Talk to your professors about anything. They are more than willing to help. Also, talk to the upperclassman. They have been through the courses and have pointers and tips for studying, tests, and the courses in general.”
“Carthage has become my home away from home. I love it here.”
“After graduating from Carthage I hope to attend dental school to become a general dentist.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“One professor that has a had huge impact is Prof. Choffnes. Unfortunately, I have not had the chance to take a class with him, but he is my advisor and I also work with him through the biology fellowship. He has great advice when it comes to the future and has always been open to talk to me about life, classes, and everything in between. Another is Prof. Martino. Although I have only had him for a semester, he has been a wonderful professor. He is very involved and busy, but has never hesitated to sit down and go over material with me, or talk to me about my future. He is also extremely understanding and wants each student to make the best of his classes.”
“My favorite class would have to be Systemic Physiology (BIO 3310). I will not lie, it was a challenging course, but the information was intriguing it was presented in a manageable way. I got a lot out of the class and my hard work ended up paying off.”
“One of the most challenging courses was probably Biochemistry (CHM 3010). I loved the class, and it was incredibly interesting. However, the information from the class needed to be presented in a very clear and informative way, and getting used to different styles was challenging.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“I have had the wonderful opportunity to go to Nicaragua on a J-Term trip and work in the medical clinics on the island of Ometepe. It was a fantastic trip and I learned so much about their medical practices and culture. I definitely recommend taking the trip if you are able to. I have also participated in the SURE program during the summer of 2014. I worked with Prof. Rubinfeld on extracting fragrance chemicals from water and solid samples, and I took a lot away from the experience. Using that research, I also presented a poster at the Celebration of Scholars in the spring of 2015.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“My favorite memories are the ones where I am just hanging out with my friends in and out of our dorm rooms. We will switch rooms, and being able to run in and out and see your best friends everyday is the absolute best!”
Favorite spot on campus
“My favorite spot on campus is the Science Center. It is a great place to study and the atmosphere is nice.”
Biggest surprise so far
“My biggest surprise is how much I fell in love with the campus. I did not know how it was going to go being so far away from home, but Carthage has become my home away from home. I love it here.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“I would hope my 8-year-old self would be impressed. I work hard and love the path I’m on. My 8-year-old self would probably be surprised because growing up, I wasn’t the biggest fan of science.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“My advice is to work hard and don’t give up. If this is the path you really want to go down then stick with it even when it gets hard and keep pushing. Go to study sessions and don’t fall behind in your work or studies because it gets hard to catch back up. Talk to your professors about anything. They are more than willing to help. Also, talk to the upperclassman. They have been through the courses and have pointers and tips for studying, tests, and the courses in general.”