Ayo Fury 22

Ayo Fury

Class Year

’22

Hometown

Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

Major(s)

Chemistry

Minor(s)

German

“I could not ever see myself going to a school where I felt anonymous in a lecture of 200 people. Carthage is a lot more one-on-one and allows students to get close with professors and classmates.”

Ayo Fury, ’22

Career goal

“After I get my bachelor’s in chemistry, I plan on going to graduate school at Southern Denmark University in Odense, Denmark. After this, I am open to all options; although, currently, I am very interested in nuclear fusion and water purification. Those are two very different fields, but I find them interesting nonetheless.”

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

Professor Megan Moyer, is the reason I am a chemistry major. I originally started as a biology major but realized that I didn’t find biology interesting. I talked to Prof. Moyer about wanting to change my major, and she convinced me to switch to chemistry. I’ve been really happy with it ever since.

Professor Gregory Baer is also great. He has been my German professor for three semesters, and he is very supportive of me studying German and chemistry together.”

Favorite class

“Organic Chemistry has been my favorite so far. I’ve always been decent at languages, given that I can speak English, Danish, German, French, and Spanish. And I realized that organic chemistry, in a way, is like a language. In order to become fluent in a language, you have to immerse yourself and practice it. It’s the same way with organic chemistry. Because I really like languages, I treat organic chemistry as a language and have enjoyed becoming “fluent” in it.”

Toughest class

“Western Heritage II with Professor Seemee Ali was my toughest class. It requires students to take the texts and understand them from a deeper perspective. It was tough because I had to search for things that I didn’t know existed. But at the end of the course, everything we covered made sense, which was a rewarding feeling.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“This summer, I will be taking a J-Term trip to Germany and Austria for the class Representations of Germany’s Past. It will tie in nicely with another class I took called Representations of the Holocaust as a part of my German minor.

“I am also doing research with Professor Christine Blaine to get a better idea of what working in a chemistry lab is like. I am looking forward to this because I can definitely see myself working in a lab when I am older.”

Scholarships

“I received the Lincoln Scholarship, which covered tuition plus room and board. This scholarship has given me the opportunity to receive a free modern education, and I am very thankful for that. Being able to study two subjects that I love is more than I ever could have dreamed of.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I really enjoy having conversations with my professors. Each time I talk with them, I get to know them a bit more.”

Favorite spot on campus

“You will always find me facing Lake Michigan in the back hall of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences. There are big white boards in the hall, which I use a lot to study and write out concepts I learned. You also can’t beat the view and the modern atmosphere.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The small class sizes are incredibly enjoyable. I could not ever see myself going to a school where I felt anonymous in a lecture of 200 people. Carthage is a lot more one-on-one and allows students to get close with professors and classmates.”

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

“If someone told me as an 8 year old that I would be majoring in chemistry and minoring in German, I’d say they were crazy. I was not good at math or science when I was younger, and chemistry requires a lot of math, but here I am dealing with math and chemistry.”

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

“Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and to try something you think is hard. In high school, I thought chemistry was hard and that I would never work with chemistry, yet here I am majoring in it, and I love it.

“Also, minor in a subject that you find interesting. Don’t just minor in something because you think it could be helpful to your future career. Minor in a subject that you really enjoy. I am minoring in German because I find the language interesting.”

Why Carthage?

“Since I grew up in the area, I’ve always heard of Carthage. In junior year of high school, I used to come to the library to study for my classes. I did my last year of high school in Denmark so I was unable to do college visits which lead me to applying to Carthage as my only choice school, since it was the only one I knew and liked.”