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  • Purity Bundi '22

Purity Bundi ’22


Nyamira, Kenya





Favorite spot on campus

“I enjoy stopping by the Walter Fritsch Meditation Chapel to meditate or whisper a prayer on my way to classes.”

Career goal

“My goal is to attend medical school and eventually be an attending radiologist/radiation oncologist.”

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

“The Carthage faculty has been instrumental in both my social and professional development. The physics professors not only helped me improve my theoretical knowledge, but they also shared with me opportunities for conferences, networking, and research in my field of study. I have also received help from faculty in other departments who helped with writing my recommendation letters. The relationships I formed with Carthage faculty members has enabled me to acquire opportunities and meet people I wouldn’t have met.”

Favorite class

“Cancer Biology is my favorite class. I’ve lost many people close to me due to cancer. Taking this class enabled me understand the hallmarks of cancer, the types of cancer, the side effects of treatments, and preventive measures. It allowed me to understand the theoretical knowledge of what I experienced when nursing my late grandfather who succumbed to stage four prostate cancer.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I am a career ambassador at The Aspire Center. I help students edit resumes and cover letters. I am also an assistant to the pre-health career specialist, Haley Perez. I am an Information and technology assistant at Hedberg Library, in which I help students, faculty, and staff reset passwords, install software, and fix computers. I am also a community builder at the Center for Faith and Spirituality, where I lead an all-women Bible study group.

“I also received an opportunity over the summer to participate in cancer research at the Perelman School of Medicine, where I will work as a research assistant to an attending radiologist.”


“I received the Zawadi Africa Education Fund scholarship, which helps girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in Sub-Saharan Africa acquire education globally. I am thankful for this award because it granted me the opportunity to acquire a global education, and it also instilled in me the art of giving back to the community, which is something I’ll be able to do to benefit girls like myself who are from Africa.”

Campus involvement

“I am a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, United Women of Color, Black Student Union, Future of Africa, InterVasity Christian Fellowship, and Alpha Lambda Delta.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite moments are the conversations I have with the diverse students, faculty, and staff I met on-campus, either through taking mutual classes, attending conferences, or going to organization meetings. Being able to embrace other cultural and geographical perspectives is memorable.”

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

“I’ve always been an adventurous child with a diverse cluster of intellectual interests. As an 8-year-old, I did not know what the future held. But my mother and grandfather always told me that whatever the universe brings my way, with resilience and passion, I could achieve anything. This has been my driving force. Therefore, my 8-year-old self would be proud of my current career path because I have the resilience and passion to pursue whatever I set my mind and heart on.”

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

“I’d recommend physics as a major to any student who wants to challenge themselves intellectually. It is a subject that will not only enable you to understand how the universe functions, but it also enables you to acquire valuable skills such as problem solving and critical thinking. My advice to anyone considering physics as a major is — reach out for help, visit teachers during their office hours, and talk to your tutors.”

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • Computer science students watch Prof. Mark Mahoney’s recorded lecturers in their free time, so he can nearby “when they do their real learning,” he says. He has company: Physics professor Brant Carlson’s quantum mechanics video playlist has been viewed more than 170,000 times. 

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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