Kory Scherer

Class Year

’19

Hometown

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

Major(s)

Psychology, Sociology

Minor(s)

Spanish

Carthage’s combination of invested faculty members, inviting community, and liberal arts education initially attracted Kory Scherer. “It became very clear that Carthage was the best option for me, as everyone was very accommodating and showed a genuine passion for the institution.”

Now immersed in the Psychological Science and Sociology Departments, Kory has become a Department Fellow, participated in numerous conferences, and presented research at the Celebration of Scholars. To develop her minor, Kory  attended a J-Term study tour to Guatemala where she worked on her Spanish skills and learned about the area’s culture.

On campus, Kory is a part of Foreign Language Honor Society Alpha Mu Gamma and Psychology Honor Society Psi Chi. She works as a Writing Fellow at the Brainard Writing Center while also conducting children’s therapy through a job off campus. Kory enjoys the annual Christmas Festival and loves to relax and study by the lake.

She encourages potential psychology or sociology majors to push themselves and get involved in their departments and on campus. “Getting involved beyond class participation will greatly enrich your experience in the psychology and sociology majors. While doing this, do not be afraid to try new things.”

“Carthage may be a small college, but it offers an abundance of incredible opportunities and ways to become immersed on campus. There truly is a place for everyone.”

Kory Scherer, ’19

Career goal

“After I graduate from Carthage, I plan to attend graduate school to attain a master’s degree in mental health counseling, potentially with an emphasis on working with children.”

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

“Professor Cornelia Zerban had a big impact on my Carthage career. Although she has returned to Germany, I feel fortunate to have had her as an academic advisor and professor. When I was making my college decision, she was the one that sat down with me and not only discussed the Department of Psychological Science at Carthage, but my career aspirations in general. She provided me great insight and guidance into the different avenues my interests could take me. Her support, as well as all the faculty support I have received in my respective majors, has made navigating the daunting process of deciding what I want to do after college much easier.”

Favorite class

“One of my favorite classes at Carthage has been Abnormal Psychology (PYC 3500). Given that this relates heavily to what I want to do in the future, I really enjoyed this course. However, I also thoroughly enjoyed the Cognitive Psychology of Magic J-Term class with Professor Anthony Barnhart, which I took my freshman year. This class was so much fun, and the magic never failed to amaze me!”

Campus involvement

“I was elected president of Alpha Mu Gamma (Foreign Language Honor Society) for the 2018/2019 academic year after having been secretary the previous year. I was also elected as secretary of Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society) for the same academic year.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class was my first 3000 level Spanish course. I loved the class; however, it forced me to speak more than I ever had. Due to this, it proved to be very challenging at times, but greatly improved my confidence in my Spanish speaking abilities. I overcame the mental challenges that accompanied my transition to the class by speaking every opportunity that I was able to, which was highly encouraged by Professor Matt Borden. He truly made the class a very welcoming environment in which I received more practical experience with Spanish than I ever had. It made me realize how much I can communicate in the language.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I have not had an official internship through Carthage. However, I am a Departmental Fellow for the Department of Psychological Science and work at the Brainard Writing Center on campus. Beyond my on-campus jobs, I work as a Behavior Technician, conducting ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy with children on the autism spectrum.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“Through my Psychological Science Departmental Fellow position, I have had the opportunity to begin conducting research with Dr. Arryn Robbins on the topic of categorical search. I never envisioned myself conducting undergraduate research and, therefore, I am very grateful for the opportunity as I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience thus far. I am hoping to present our findings at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in 2019. In addition to this, I recently had the opportunity to travel to New York and attend the National Alpha Mu Gamma Convention at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Here, I was able to present about my short-term study abroad experience in Guatemala.”

“This leads to another amazing opportunity I had: traveling to Guatemala for J-Term in January of 2018. This trip was truly an eye-opening experience in which I learned about a community with a rich history (la Cooperativa Nuevo Horizonte) and met many incredible people. I highly recommend this trip to any student studying Spanish. This J-Term, I will be going to Spain to continue developing my skills in the language.”

“When reflecting on my first few years at Carthage, an opportunity that stands out was being able to present at the Celebration of Scholars in the Spring of 2017 for the Western Heritage Scholarship. It was an honor to present at this event among many of my fellow peers.”

Scholarships

“I received a merit scholarship from Carthage, as well as an endowed scholarship. Receiving these scholarships made Carthage a feasible option for me, offering more financial aid assistance than any other school I was accepted to. Since then, I have been awarded with additional scholarships, such as the Western Heritage Scholarship, Spielman Award for Academic Excellence in the Social Sciences, and Rath Distinguished Scholarship. I am incredibly grateful for Carthage’s generosity and all the scholarship opportunities available to students. Without this, I would not have been able to continue my education at the school that I have come to love.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“One of my favorite memories at Carthage was attending Christmas Fest for the first time. I love the holiday time and was amazed by the immense talent of all of those involved. This is just an example of one event that makes me proud to be a Carthage student. Seeing the whole community come together to celebrate a joyous time is truly a special experience.”

Favorite spot on campus

“Like many students agree on, anywhere by the lake is amazing! Finding a place to walk or just sit is a great way to clear your mind. As for studying or working on homework, the chairs and tables by the back windows of Straz along the lake are my favorite spot. I am convinced that the view of the lake increases my productivity.”

Biggest surprise so far

“My biggest surprise so far has been the many ways you can get involved on campus and how welcoming everyone is! Carthage may be a small college, but it offers an abundance of incredible opportunities and ways to become immersed on campus. There truly is a place for everyone. Additionally, the small size allows for close relationships with both your peers and the faculty.”

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

“Although my 8-year-old self envisioned me being a professional dance teacher (despite my serious lack of rhythm), I think she would be proud of my current career path. Although my career aspirations may have changed since then, a lot of my current goals stem from my personal experiences when I was 8-years-old. It just took me a while to realize it.”

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

“I would highly recommend that students consider either a psychology or sociology major, or both if they desire. However, if not a major, I would recommend simply taking a class in the social sciences. These classes not only can expand your self-awareness, but also your awareness of others and society. Psychology and sociology help make large abstract concepts about the human experience comprehensible by studying them under an objective and scientific lens.”

“I would recommend getting as involved as you can and getting to know your professors. Getting involved beyond class participation will greatly enrich your experience in the psychology and sociology majors. While doing this, do not be afraid to try new things. Although college is about navigating and narrowing your future path, you cannot do this without exploring. Both the psychology and sociology majors are very rewarding and can lead you down a variety of paths. It is important to explore these paths not only in your classes, but through practical experience.”

Why Carthage?

“Choosing which college I wanted to attend was a very difficult decision for me. When I finally narrowed my search down to two different schools, I returned to each to learn more about their psychology departments. After this, it became very clear that Carthage was the best option for me, as everyone was very accommodating and showed a genuine passion for the institution. It was clear that the faculty in the Psychology Department and beyond was determined to make it the best learning environment possible for their students. In addition to the potential opportunities within my majors, Carthage’s emphasis on a liberal arts education is something that coincides with my own values. Of course, the lake helps too!”