Biology and Mathematics
“Physics is a great major to choose because there are so many directions you can go after college. You can choose to go to graduate school to get a master’s degree or a doctorate, or you can go straight into the workforce.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“The professors at Carthage are amazing people. One of the reasons they are so great is because they genuinely care about their students succeeding. The professors in my major have helped steer me in the right direction for my future. Having the same professors for multiple classes helped me establish good relationships with them.”
“My favorite class was definitely Cosmology. It focused on the universe and how to study it, which is what I want my career to be based around. It also wasn’t too challenging, which made it easier to enjoy the class.”
“I’ve been a member of Delta Upsilon social fraternity since my freshman year. I served one year as the vice president of member education and was recently elected president. I’m also involved with the Society of Physics Students, which is great for making connections within my major. And I am a part of the Collegiate Rocket Launch team. For that, I work with other students to build a rocket and compete in a launch event with other colleges across Wisconsin.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“I’ve been shadowing some space biology research with Professor Andrea Henle. It focused on gravitropism in plants, which is the tendency for them to grow their roots towards gravity and their stem away from gravity.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
Favorite spot on campus
“My favorite spot on campus is The Tower Residence Hall. It is a newer building, so everything is very modern. The views from the higher floors are amazing. On one side you can see the lake, and on the other is Campus Drive. Also, the lounges are great for studying and hanging out with friends.”
Biggest surprise so far
“The biggest surprise so far is that I have been able to juggle so many things at once. Doing schoolwork, maintaining a social life, and getting involved in extracurriculars turned out to be easier than I thought it would be.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“8-year-old Andrew would probably be surprised that he chose physics as a major, but he would still be happy. When I was 8, I wanted to design cars or be a mechanic. I didn’t know I wanted to study space sciences until I was in high school. I guess physics is somewhat related to cars, but my interests did change drastically over the years.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Physics is a great major to choose because there are so many directions you can go after college. You can choose to go to graduate school to get a master’s or doctorate degree, or you can go straight into the workforce. There are so many different fields that a physics degree could be used in, so you’re not very limited.”
“Carthage caught my eye because of its campus. When my older brother was looking at colleges, he toured here, and I came with him. Carthage was an early frontrunner for me, and after touring again for myself three years later, I knew this is where I wanted to be. The student body size was also a big plus: not too big, not too small. Also, Kenosha is only an hour and a half from my house, which I think is the perfect distance.”