Kerry Stapf

Class Year

’17

Hometown

Prior Lake, Minnesota

Major(s)

Mathematics

Minor(s)

Chemistry

As an 8-year-old, Kerry Stapf ’17 wanted to be a dolphin trainer. Now at Carthage, she found herself in a place surrounded by a large body of water and beauty, but with a career path that has changed.

Kerry is now majoring in mathematics at Carthage with hopes to be an actuary after graduation. She is also involved in many student organizations including Swing Dance ClubDelta Omega Epsilon, and Belly Dance Club.

When asked what advice she would give to students planning to major in mathematics, she said, “Meet other people in the major, be friendly, and rely on each other. For the high-level classes, bouncing ideas off of other people really helps.”

“The lake really grabbed my attention at Carthage. The thought of a big blue stress reliever at my fingertips drew me in.”

Kerry Stapf, ’17

Career goal

“I hope to pass a few actuarial exams and then get hired as an actuary.”

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

Prof. Haley Yaple has helped me so much at Carthage. She has given me advice about careers, and is always willing to talk about the future with me.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class was the J-Term course Social Context of Knitting. It’s just a general credit, but I learned to knit and haven’t stopped since.”

Campus involvement

“I am a co-teacher for Swing Dance Club, the historian for Delta Omega Epsilon, and am in Belly Dance Club.”

Toughest class

Abstract Algebra I (MTH 3040). It was very hard to wrap my mind around what we were actually talking about and therefore, it was very hard for me to understand.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“During the summer of 2015, I did the SURE program with two other students. We worked on disease spread over a network. I also went on the Honduras J-Term study tour which features scuba diving! It was one of the best experiences of my life.”

Scholarships

“Like many other students, I qualified for the highest merit scholarship. It lessened my debt by a lot, and for that I am very thankful.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“During the blood moon in 2015, almost everyone was out on the beach looking into the sky. Seeing so many people out was really cool, and I wish it would happen more often.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot is behind Tarble Hall. There are a few rocks that overlook Lake Michigan and one is perfect for sitting or laying on. I used to love going out there to read when I had free time.”

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

“They would think it was pretty cool since they like math, but not as cool as being a dolphin trainer.”

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

“Meet other people in the major, be friendly, and rely on each other. For the high-level classes, bouncing ideas off of other people really helps.”