Introduced to Carthage by her father and aunt, both former Carthaginians, Presidential Scholarship recipient Chelsea Niemuth arrived on campus determined to make lasting connections throughout the close-knit Carthage community.
Now in her senior year, Chelsea has done just that. Through Enactus, an international business organization she now leads as president, Chelsea has formed strong bonds with her professors and her fellow students, and seeks to provide that same sense of inclusion for new members.
“My goal is to have a job lined up by the time I graduate. I am ready to start my career right after graduation. Finance can open up a lot of opportunities, so it’s just about finding the right one for me.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“I have Julie Dawson as my advisor, and I have had her for accounting. It is clear that she puts in work above and beyond what she needs to in order to see her students succeed. She takes things to a whole new level and is so helpful with trying to get her students internships. Although I am not an accounting major, she helped me figure out what I would enjoy based on my goals and personality. I feel very lucky to have her as my advisor.”
“I really enjoyed Security and Portfolio Analysis (FIN 4050), which is a trading class I took last semester with Alex Lau. I had never taken a class that offered a simulated trading platform before, and I learned so much. It also helped that the professor is a day trader and truly knows what he is talking about and can give real life examples and advice.”
“I am the president of an international business organization called Enactus. I joined Enactus my freshman year and immediately I felt like I belonged because of the current president. Because of her dedication and actions, I have seen her as a mentor and tried to make sure new members who join each semester feel that same way. We are a growing organization for sure! Last year, we almost tripled our membership. Some of our projects include making feminine hygiene kits to send to girls in African countries, teaching senior citizens how to use their technology, teaching elementary-aged students the importance of financial literacy, and helping show unemployed volunteers how to sew old uniforms into reusable tote bags to resell for a profit. We get to travel to Chicago for a regional competition each spring, where we compete against other schools based on a 17-minute memorized presentation about our projects. This year we qualified again for Nationals in Kansas City! Everyone presented perfectly and we grew greatly as a team. These people are my family and really help me enjoy Carthage.”
“I found Cost and Managerial Accounting (ACC 2040) to be very difficult. However, that class taught me how to study and create better time management skills, as well as gave me the courage to go in and ask for extra help.”
Internships or on-campus employment
“I am currently a sales intern at Impact Networking. Impact has a lot of different offerings, but some of the main things are managed IT, business process optimization/automation, design and marketing, and office equipment.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“The greatest opportunity I have had so far has been my international business J-Term study tour to Sweden this past January. We gained great insights from about eight different companies that we visited, meeting their CEOs and presidents, and learning what it takes to have their kind of success. I highly recommend this trip for any major, but the business aspect is truly incredible.”
“I received a Presidential Scholarship, which I am incredibly grateful for. This scholarship has allowed me to not only be able to attend Carthage, but really have some additional opportunities that I would not have had otherwise. I am able to attend my first-choice school, live in the Oaks, double major, and travel the world while learning because of it. Also, the people whom I have met at the scholarship dinners are inspirational and make dreams come true for a lot of students here at Carthage. I am very thankful for everything that I have received.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“It was an incredible honor to be given the Outstanding Marketing Student of the Year this past year as a junior. It really makes all the hard work worth it.”
Favorite spot on campus
“The Starbucks tables are definitely my favorite place on campus. That is where I start and end my day with all of my fellow classmates and friends, and where I do a lot of my studying. I can’t even begin to think of how many hours I spend there each year.”
Biggest surprise so far
“The biggest surprise was that as soon as I stayed on campus more often, I started to gain a ton of lifelong friends who are just as important to me as my high school friends. I’m very lucky that Carthage has given me the opportunity to meet such amazing people.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“If I were still 8 and looking at my life now, I would tell me to not be so hard on myself and don’t get too stressed about the little things. I know I am in the right majors and at the school I was meant to be at, so I guess I would say keep shooting to be the best that I can.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Put in the studying and work hard right from day one of college. Even though some of the classes are not going to be in your major, take them seriously because you will regret getting a grade that will pull your GPA down. At least figure out how to study and learn all the ways to get help so that when classes get tougher, you already are that much more ahead.”