Jesse Lundgren first developed an interest in environmental science in high school when he and a friend started an environmental science club in order to raise awareness about environmental issues. Ever since, he has had a desire to study the world around him and the impact that humans have on it.
Now, Jesse does everything he can to be involved in the Environmental Science Program at Carthage. He took a June J-Term course to study Wisconsin plant species and is a department fellow.
“Being a fellow has given me the opportunity to work with Drs. Gartner and Rubinfeld in the classroom, assisting with labs, setting up experiments, helping newer students, and carrying out projects for them,” Jesse explained. “It has been a fantastic learning experience that I have greatly appreciated.”
Even though he is a commuter, Jesse has found a wonderful community at Carthage.
“The program is small but has great leadership,” he said. “I have had so many opportunities to connect with professors and other students at Carthage. Every one of them has taken the time to get to know me personally, and I have been able to establish great working and friendly relationships with them.”
“I have had so many opportunities to connect with professors and other students at Carthage. Every one of them has taken the time to get to know me personally.”
“I want to receive a Ph.D. in Plant Biology or Forest Ecology and have a career in plant conservation and research.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“My favorite professor is Professor Joy Mast. She is always smiling, happy to be teaching, and is always willing to help you with any problems. I really appreciate that about her.”
“My favorite class so far has been the Carthage Symposium course Aquatic Ecology and Hydrology with Profs. Matthew Zorn and Scott Hegrenes because they are quite the duo. They made the class a really enjoyable place to be and I learned so much about freshwater ecosystems, both biologically and hydrologically. Plus, it was just fun.”
“My toughest class so far has probably been Genetics. It’s a lot of work and the things that my professors are looking for are very specific. You have to be on top of your game to do well.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“One of my favorite moments was two years ago. My best friend Jake was living in the Oaks and we had a party for a mutual friend in the lounge. We ate, watched movies, and played board games. It was one of those perfect nights where you have a blast and that you’ll never forget.”
Favorite spot on campus
“My favorite spot on campus is by the parking lot that’s north of the Straz Center. On the west end of the lot there is a huge oak tree. It’s such a magnificent spot and sometimes I will just go sit by that tree and do homework or just enjoy a quiet moment.”
Biggest surprise so far
“My biggest surprise so far is how fast four years can go by. I can’t believe I’m a senior and graduating this year.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“For people choosing to be an environmental science major, I would say just do it. We have a great program at Carthage, the professors are extremely supportive, and environmental science is so holistic that you really get to experience every kind of science, and that makes you better as a student and future scientist.”