Elizabeth Ozog

Class Year

’20

Hometown

Wilmot, Wisconsin

Major(s)

Environmental Science and Geospatial Science

Minor(s)

Studio Art

“I was able to go on a J-Term study tour in Puerto Rico. I had such an amazing time experiencing the culture as well as learning about the biology of the different ecosystems on the island.”

Elizabeth Ozog, ’20

Career goal

“After Carthage, I hope to have a job as a conservationist, managing natural habitats in parks or forests.”

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

Professor Matt Zorn, Professor Sarah Rubinfeld, Professor Tracy Gartner, Professor Kurt Piepenburg, Professor Wenjie Sun, and Professor Joy Mast have all been so supportive throughout my time at Carthage. I’ve had so many classes with them, and they have really had an influence on how I see my future.”

Favorite class

“Illustration with Professor Diane Levesque was definitely a favorite class of mine. I loved learning all of the different ways that illustration can be applied and having the opportunity to work on a variety of fun projects. I gained a lot more experience painting and gained even more confidence.

“I also really enjoyed the class Thinking Like a Forest Ecologist with Prof. Mast, which I took through the Honors Program. It was a class that caused me to change my majors because I loved how much of it was spent in forests near Carthage, and I wanted my future career to be outside as much as possible.”

Campus involvement

“One of the clubs I’m involved in is Photography Club, which is for students who have a lot of experience with photography and also for students with very little experience. We go over different types of photography in our meetings, have weekly challenges, and go on field trips to places like Chicago, Milwaukee, and local parks like Petrifying Springs. A lot of members use phone cameras, so it is a lot of fun for people of all levels of experience.”

Toughest class

“My freshman year, I took General Physics I with Professor Julie Dahlstrom. It was a tough class, but I really enjoyed it. I loved using math to solve problems and thinking of creative ways to figure out problems. I definitely learned a lot in that class, and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to take it.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“Over the summer, I had a forestry and GIS internship with the City of Kenosha in the Public Works Department. I helped update the city’s mapped inventory of signs and trees in parks and parkways. Having a map of the trees around Kenosha helps conserve healthy trees because it enables the city to plan construction projects around the trees’ known locations.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I was able to go on a J-Term study tour in Puerto Rico with Professor Angela Dassow and Professor Shannon Brennan. I had such an amazing time experiencing the culture as well as learning about the biology of the different ecosystems on the island. The topic of the class was a combination of biology and creative non-fiction writing, so it was also really interesting to see how the two worked together. We were able to visit different ecosystems such as the rain forest, dry forest, and mangroves. We also participated in the San Se festival in Old San Juan.”

Scholarships

“I received the academic merit scholarship, the Donald O. Benson, Sr. and Anne C. Benson Endowed Scholarship, and the Frank and Ruth E. (Wuerzberger) Vorpahl Endowed Scholarship. These helped me attend Carthage and focus more on school and less on finances.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I really enjoyed spending warm days on the beach by The Oaks Residential Village with my friends. We swam in the lake a few days when the water was warm, but most of the time, we would look for cool rocks and beach glass.”

Favorite spot on campus

“I love the nook between the professors’ offices on the second floor of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences. There is a window looking out over the lake. It’s a beautiful place to study and a nice, quiet place to focus.”

Biggest surprise so far

“Definitely how fast time flies by. Time flies when you are having fun!”

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

“My 8-year old self would be so excited with my current studies/career path. I spent much of my childhood outside climbing trees, collecting rocks, and inspecting insects that I found. I was also always drawing, so what I have chosen to study fits well with my interests back when I was 8-years old.”

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

“Take lots of the elective classes in the major! There are so many interesting electives that cover lots of different topics. Even with a double-major, I had time to take extra electives in my major that were interesting to me, and I thought they might be useful in my future career.”

Why Carthage?

“I was really attracted to Carthage’s small class sizes and the ability to connect with professors. The proximity to the lake was also something that couldn’t be beaten!”