Andrew Hallstrom 22

Andrew Hallstrom

Class Year

’22

Hometown

Roscoe, Illinois

Major(s)

Physics

Minor(s)

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.”

Andrew Hallstrom, ’22

Career goal

“I definitely want to do something related to space sciences. Whether it be through astrophysics or astrobiology, I just want to make an impact on our future exploration. Graduate school will probably be my next step, though. I’d like to get my master’s in biology.”

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.”

Favorite class

“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.”

Campus involvement

“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.”

Toughest class

“The toughest class I’ve taken was Mechanics. It’s a physics course that relies heavily on calculus, which is a difficult combination. It was also done remotely (due to COVID), which could’ve made it seem harder.”

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.”

Scholarships

“I received the Gladys D Lynch endowed scholarship and the Carthage Highest Honors merit scholarship. I was honored to receive both of these, as they helped so much with affording my education.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I’ve had so many great memories at Carthage. From meeting my girlfriend while working together at Einstein Bros. Bagels, to rushing my fraternity, to playing intramural sports; my time at Carthage has been filled with so many awesome moments.”

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.”

Why Carthage?

“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.”