Sometimes finding your dream school can be as easy as looking in your mailbox. For Jacelyn Peabody, of Colorado Springs, that is exactly how she became interested in Carthage.
“I received a postcard in the mail and it had a beautiful picture of the campus on it,” Jacelyn remembers. “This is what initially piqued my interest about Carthage. I began doing research about the school and found out that the academic component of the school is just as amazing as the campus is beautiful.”
Jacelyn’s high school record was outstanding — outstanding enough for her to win one of the College’s Lincoln Scholarships. This merit-based, competitive scholarship is awarded to three freshmen each year, and covers full tuition, room and board for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate study.
Jacelyn was absolutely thrilled to win the scholarship, she says. “The award gave me the opportunity to get a world-class education at the school of my dreams.”
The transition from high school to college can be hard at times. Freshmen are away from their families, their old friends, and everything that is familiar. Jacelyn found support in her professors.
“I had a tough time with what was expected of me academically and it was extremely tough being 7½ hours away from family,” she says. “I was overwhelmed, but Dr. Pfaffle guided me every step of the way and taught me lessons that extended well beyond the classroom.”
Now she couldn’t be happier with her decision to come to Carthage, and she has taken full advantage of the opportunities offered to her.
“Carthage is the best of both worlds: It has the academic rigor of an Ivy League school, but you have the one-on-one connections with professors that you only find at a small school.”
After graduating, Jacelyn plans to further her education through graduate or medical school.
“After graduating from Carthage, I plan on enrolling in an MD-Ph.D. program that will provide training in both medicine and research,” she says. “I want to prepare for a career in which I can spend some of my time doing research, in addition to caring for patients.”
Ultimately, Jacelyn has one simple goal in mind: “I want to do good for many people by advancing knowledge, developing new treatments for diseases, and pushing back the boundaries of the unknown, in addition to caring for patients.”
Graduate or medical school
“I am the president of Alpha Lambda Delta, which is an honor society for students in their first year at an institution of higher education. I am also a member of Honors Council; an inductee in Eta Sigma Phi, which is the Latin Honors Fraternity; and I am a proud member of the Neuroscience Club.”
Favorite moments at Carthage
“Some of my favorite memories are from the activities put on by CAB (Carthage Activities Board), especially the karaoke nights. They were the perfect excuse to take a study break and meet up with friends and have a great time. The casino nights were amazing, too!
“J-Term is one of my favorite memories. There is only one class that you take and you are able to completely focus on that subject, which is different from the rest of the year. I stayed on campus and took a class that related religion to science fiction. J-Term is also such a valuable learning experience, not only because of the classroom time, but because the extra time you have during the day is spent exploring the Kenosha/Milwaukee/Chicago area, making lifelong memories with people who become your best friends. You delve into a subject, but also learn more about who you are.”
Biggest surprise so far?
“The biggest surprise is how Carthage College is everything it was promised to be and more. The professors have stimulated me intellectually and challenged me to be the best that I can be. There is not a better college possible for me. Carthage is paving the way for a successful future, and I could not be more grateful for the opportunities that Carthage has allotted to me.”
Advice for other students considering your major
“To anybody considering being a biology or a neuroscience major at Carthage: This major is only for serious students. I spend hours studying every night, but I love it and wouldn’t trade my field for anything. It is stressful and time-consuming. There is no room for slacking, but you will grow as a scientist and Carthage will prepare you for your future field if you are willing to do the work. If you have a passion for biology or neuroscience, there is not a field of study more rewarding, and I am certain that there is not a school out there better than Carthage.”