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    Photo: David Godbold

Jacelyn Peabody ’15

Hometown

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Major(s)

Biology, Neuroscience

Minor(s)

Latin

Favorite spot on campus

“There is a flat, grassy spot behind Tarble Residence Hall that overlooks Lake Michigan. It is the perfect spot to have a picnic lunch with friends or watch the sunrise with your sweetheart. The view is like no other and it also serves as a sanctuary during finals week.”

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.”

Career goal

Graduate or medical school

Campus involvement

“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.”

Writer

Ben Schroeder ’13
  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • Beyond the campus boundaries, dinosaur fossils are prepared at the Carthage Institute of Paleontolgoy in Kenosha. A lengthy pterodactyl flight away, Finca Esperanza serves as a base camp for J-Term medical and water quality missions to Nicaragua. 

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016 and 2017, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

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    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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