Purity Bundi ?22

Purity Bundi

Class Year

’22

Hometown

Nyamira, Kenya

Major(s)

Physics

Minor(s)

Mathematics

“The relationships I have formed with Carthage faculty members have enabled me to acquire opportunities and meet people I wouldn’t have met.”

Purity Bundi, ’22

Career goal

“My goal is to attend medical school and eventually be an attending radiologist/radiation oncologist.”

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

“The Carthage faculty has been instrumental in both my social and professional development. The physics professors not only helped me improve my theoretical knowledge, but they also shared with me opportunities for conferences, networking, and research in my field of study. I have also received help from faculty in other departments who helped with writing my recommendation letters. The relationships I formed with Carthage faculty members has enabled me to acquire opportunities and meet people I wouldn’t have met.”

Favorite class

Cancer Biology is my favorite class. I’ve lost many people close to me due to cancer. Taking this class enabled me understand the hallmarks of cancer, the types of cancer, the side effects of treatments, and preventive measures. It allowed me to understand the theoretical knowledge of what I experienced when nursing my late grandfather who succumbed to stage four prostate cancer.”

Campus involvement

“I am a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, United Women of Color, Black Student Union, Future of Africa, InterVasity Christian Fellowship, and Alpha Lambda Delta.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I am a career ambassador at The Aspire Center. I help students edit resumes and cover letters. I am also an assistant to the pre-health career specialist, Haley Perez. I am an Information and technology assistant at Hedberg Library, in which I help students, faculty, and staff reset passwords, install software, and fix computers. I am also a community builder at the Center for Faith and Spirituality, where I lead an all-women Bible study group.

“I also received an opportunity over the summer to participate in cancer research at the Perelman School of Medicine, where I will work as a research assistant to an attending radiologist.”

Scholarships

“I received the Zawadi Africa Education Fund scholarship, which helps girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in Sub-Saharan Africa acquire education globally. I am thankful for this award because it granted me the opportunity to acquire a global education, and it also instilled in me the art of giving back to the community, which is something I’ll be able to do to benefit girls like myself who are from Africa.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite moments are the conversations I have with the diverse students, faculty, and staff I met on-campus, either through taking mutual classes, attending conferences, or going to organization meetings. Being able to embrace other cultural and geographical perspectives is memorable.”

Favorite spot on campus

“I enjoy stopping by the Walter Fritsch Meditation Chapel to meditate or whisper a prayer on my way to classes.”

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

“I’ve always been an adventurous child with a diverse cluster of intellectual interests. As an 8-year-old, I did not know what the future held. But my mother and grandfather always told me that whatever the universe brings my way, with resilience and passion, I could achieve anything. This has been my driving force. Therefore, my 8-year-old self would be proud of my current career path because I have the resilience and passion to pursue whatever I set my mind and heart on.”

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

“I’d recommend physics as a major to any student who wants to challenge themselves intellectually. It is a subject that will not only enable you to understand how the universe functions, but it also enables you to acquire valuable skills such as problem solving and critical thinking. My advice to anyone considering physics as a major is — reach out for help, visit teachers during their office hours, and talk to your tutors.”

Why Carthage?

“The student population and class size at Carthage was a better fit for me since I was relocating from a different country. I knew that the small class sizes would allow for personal interactions with both professors and my peers. Also, I met with a Carthage alumna from Kenya who talked about their Carthage experience, and I fell in love with the campus.”