Alexandra Lemmer ’14 started her college career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. But, in January 2011, she transferred to Carthage after deciding that she belonged at a smaller school – and that she wanted to focus on environmental science.
“Carthage stuck out to me because of its environmental science program,” Alexandra explained. “I could create my own path for my desired career. I was originally a biology major until I came to Carthage and realized that environmental science was a much better fit for the path I wanted to take.”
Although she has always had a passion for animals and nature, Alexandra knew that veterinary school was not something that she wanted to do. After doing some volunteer work at the Wildlife in Need Center in Oconomowoc, Wis., she realized that wildlife rehabilitation was her calling.
“I was extremely impressed by the rescue-rehabilitate-release program because of how well conservation is incorporated,” Alexandra said about her time at the Wildlife in Need Center. “As a rehabilitation specialist, I would be dealing with injured and/or endangered wildlife and it would be my job to make sure they healed and were released back into their natural habitat without harming their natural instincts and qualities.”
Through her classes at Carthage, Alexandra has been able to explore all aspects of a career in environmental science. The program allows its students to pick a specific track. Students choose between conservation and ecology, environmental policy analysis, water and life and environmental data analysis.
“I really enjoy the broad spectrum covered in environmental science, because I think it is so important to not only learn about my major but about all of the environmental issues around the world,” Alexandra said.
In January 2012, she got up-close and personal with those world issues. Alexandra spent two weeks studying environmental science and geography in Nicaragua. She was excited to have the opportunity to learn about the unique wildlife found in Central America as well as use her Spanish minor.
“Spanish is a wonderful addition to my environmental science degree, because it will really increase my chances of getting a job out of college and some of the most interesting endangered species are from Spanish speaking countries,” she said. “I would love to live somewhere that I could use my Spanish and rehabilitate animals.”
“I really enjoy the broad spectrum covered in environmental science because I think it is so important to not only learn about my major but about all of the environmental issues around the world.”
I hope to become a wildlife rehabilitation specialist and work with marine mammals and work in a rehabilitation clinic.
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“My favorite professor is Dr. Gartner because she has been such help when it comes to my future, internships, jobs and classes. Also, because she is a fantastic professor. She has been a true inspiration to me because of her amazing conscious efforts to conserve the world around her and willingness to share her knowledge and passion with others.”
“My favorite class would have to be the credits that I received for the Nicaragua trip.”
“I am a new member of the social sorority Alpha Chi Omega, a rock climbing instructor in the TARC, a student ambassador, soon-to-be environmental science fellow, and the co-president of the Invisible Children Club. Invisible Children is a non-profit organization that is fighting to end the war in Uganda and The Congo against the rebel war leader, Joseph Kony, and his army, the LRA. Invisible Children raises awareness and funds to help the children who have been abducted to fight in this war seek freedom and a fresh start. My friend Jodi and I brought the organization here last year, and we hope to raise awareness and funds.”
“The toughest class I have taken would be the highest-level class for my Spanish minor because it involves interpreting Spanish literature.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“When the invisible children club first became an organization, when I was accepted into the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, and all of the friends that I have met.”
Favorite spot on campus
“Anywhere I can see the lake.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Ask questions, because you never know what your opportunities are, and never give up on the major that you are passionate about because you will always have a way to get there.”