Kelsey Blumer decided to study biology because she wanted to make a difference in the lives of others.
“Carthage provided the opportunities and skills to help me succeed with that goal,” Kelsey said. Not only did she like what the Biology Department had to offer, but she also liked the “beautiful campus and the strong sense of social and spiritual community the campus offered,” she said.
Another thing that stood out for Kelsey was the dedicated professors. “The professors in the science division are always willing to work with their students. They take the time to really get to know their students on a personal level and want to help them academically, as well as be personal mentors,” she said. Because of the strong ties Kelsey has made with professors, she has been able to use them as references for an internship she received at a hospital laboratory.
During J-Term 2011, Kelsey traveled to Nicaragua for a study tour examining how geographic factors and human interventions have affected the tropical island. “I hope to do research with a professor next year,” she said.
Kelsey also finds time to get involved with campus organizations. “I am involved in Pre-Health Club, Alpha Lambda Delta, Carthage Pep Band, Honors Council, Carthage Activities Board, and Torch,” she said.
After she graduates from Carthage, she would like to go to graduate school to become a physician’s assistant.
“Cellular and Molecular Biology was my favorite — and toughest — class. I never thought I could learn so much and retain as much information as I did, while being absolutely interested in every lecture. It is a class that makes you work hard to succeed. It pays off if you put the time in.”
To become a physician’s assistant.
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“Elaine Radwanski. She has a way of motivating and challenging all of her students. I never would have been able to think so deeply about biology without her knowledge and inspiring attitude toward science and life.”
“Cellular Molecular Biology, taught by Dr. Radwanski. I never thought I could learn so much and retain as much information as I did while being absolutely interested in every lecture.”
“Again, Cellular and Molecular Biology. It is a class that makes you work hard to succeed, which is why it’s called the ‘make it or break it’ class for biology majors. It requires long hours of studying and lab reports, but it pays off if you put the time in.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“My favorite moments at Carthage have included getting to know so many great classmates in the Biology Department, as well as people outside of classrooms. More specifically, late nights at the library, beach volleyball games, or walks to the lake are some great moments on campus.”
Favorite spot on campus
“The park bench along Campus Drive facing the lake is a great place to talk on the phone or just clear your mind.”
Biggest surprise so far
“How many people I have met in such a short amount of time, which is a pleasant surprise!”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Remember that biology is a demanding major that requires hard work and dedication, but don’t let that scare you. The hard work will pay off in the end. And remember, your fellow biology majors will be just as stressed as you, so find someone who you can vent with at least once a week to keep yourself from going crazy.”