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  • Olivia Wolf '23

Olivia Wolf ’23


Rochester, Ill.


Neuroscience, Biology



Favorite spot on campus

“I really enjoy going down to Lake Michigan’s shoreline behind The Tower Residence Hall to either study, relax, or look for sea glass.”

Career goal

“After graduation, I plan to attend medical school with the goal of becoming a pediatric physician.”

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

Professor Paul Martino was my professor for both Advanced Anatomical Systems and Advanced Physiology and, through these classes, agreed to become one of my advisors. Not only is he an enthusiastic and engaging professor, but he truly cares about the success of his students. He is always available to answer any questions I have about class material or to ease my mind about the next steps in my education. My ultimate goal is to end up on his wall of success in his office — should that happen, I will know I have ‘made it.’”

Favorite class

“My favorite class has been Neuroscience Research Methods and Statistical Analysis (Rat Lab) with Professor Daniel Miller. Not only did Prof. Miller make the learning environment stress-free and light-hearted, but it was such an amazing experience to be able to take a hands-on research class so early in my college career.”

Toughest class

“Thus far, my most challenging class has been Organic Chemistry II. The material is highly complicated and requires a lot of memorization. However, Professor Suzie Stevenson worked with me personally to ensure my success in the class.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“Because of my interest in research after taking my Rat Lab class, I was chosen to be the Neuroscience Department fellow and to manage the rat lab. In these positions, I ensure that the rats are taken care of, collect and organize raw data for the statistical analysis, and teach students in the class how to perform techniques such as brain extractions and slide staining.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“Due to my participation in the Neuroscience Department and Biology Department research, I was able to present our semester’s research progress and findings alongside other students at the Celebration of Scholars event. In the future, I hope to attend the Honduras J-Term study tour with Prof. Miller and Prof. Martino.”

Campus involvement

“I am a member of Chi Omega (social sorority), Tri Beta National Honors Society, Pre-Health Club, Neuroscience Club, and the National Society of Leadership & Success (NSLS). In addition to these organizations, I also work as a Student Ambassador and have been an Orientation Leader for two years.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite memories on campus are either the spontaneous day trips that my friends and I take to Milwaukee or Chicago or the 2 a.m. laugh, snack, and study sessions prior to finals.”

Biggest surprise so far

“Prior to coming to college, I never thought that I would be involved in Greek life. However, it has been one of the most rewarding experiences. I remember my bid night where I ‘ran home’ and I had never felt more welcome in a room full of mostly strangers. I was immediately embraced and loved by women who have now become some of my best friends.”

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

“I would like to think that my eight-year-old self would be proud. Even though I knew I wanted to be a doctor at a young age, it would be comforting to know that I am on the path to making that dream come true.”

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

“Neuroscience is a department that crosses over with chemistry, biology, and psychology. If someone has many science interests or they cannot decide which area to specifically major in, neuroscience is an excellent choice to get a taste of them all.”


Magdalena Werger
  • 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 …