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Chinese at Carthage

Student Voices

Beth Klein ’16

Hometown

Sheboygan, Wis.

Major(s)

Biology, Chinese

Minor(s)

Chemistry

Favorite spot on campus

“I have a favorite view rather than a favorite spot. My favorite view occurs once or twice a day when I see the barge over the horizon of the lake. It reminds me of the bigger functioning world full of mystery. I have no idea what the barge is carrying or how far it travels after it passes our campus. I realize how curious of a person I am because I would love to explore the world out there and learn how it functions.” 

When looking at colleges, Beth Klein had three requirements. The school had to have a biology program, a Chinese program, and an orchestra. Carthage fit the bill perfectly, especially because of the opportunities it allows, such as undergraduate research and J-Term trips. Another reason Beth chose Carthage? “Carthage is a very close-knit community, which makes the atmosphere very friendly,” she said. 

Beth would like to eventually become a clinical pathologist. “That’s the doctor who works in the lab and tests various samples to see if they have disease or other problems.” 

Career goal

“I want to be a clinical pathologist.” 

Favorite professor

“I’d say my favorite professor is Prof. Radwanski. She teaches very thoroughly and explains in a very understandable way. She’s also very peppy with a great sense of humor, which makes learning about enzymes all the more fun.” 

Favorite class

“At the moment my favorite class is Advanced Chinese. This class is my smallest and most interactive class and we discuss interesting subjects.

As for my Carthage career, my favorite class was Phage Hunters. It was a great introduction to the laboratory and research world, and I’m very glad I got the opportunity to take the class. Not to mention we just had a fun class.” 

Toughest class

“Advanced Chinese. Though it is very fun, there is a lot of studying outside the class. The class is mostly spoken in Chinese, so I really have to sharpen my listening skills to make sure I know what the homework is!” 

Opportunities at Carthage

“Last summer I participated in the SURE program with the Invasive Species Work Group. Not only did we collect data for the group’s ongoing research, but I got to conduct my own research on tick prevalence in invasive vegetation. The SURE program was a great starting point for a research track. I learned to read and write research articles, make posters, and how to present my work to others.

My research experience with Phage Hunters and SURE opened me up to more research opportunities. This semester I am continuing phage research with Ben Massat ’16 and Prof. Tobiason. We hope to explain why the bacteriophage we researched last year behaves so differently from other bacteriophage. I plan to continue research throughout the rest of my years at Carthage, going further with phage research and other microbiology research.” 

Campus involvement

“I am the secretary of Chinese Club, President of Carthage ASTA, and I am an active member of the Pre-Health Club, Chamber Orchestra, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Alpha Mu Gamma.” 

Favorite moments at Carthage

“I would say my favorite moment thus far happened about a month ago. I was having a stressful day and was walking back to my dorm from the Todd Wehr Center when a guy who was also walking the same way started talking to me. We had never met before, and I have not seen him since, but we talked about our course loads and pressures of our classes. The conversation was not at all too special, but it eased my stress quite a bit. If I did not know then how friendly the Carthage atmosphere is, I definitely learned after that.” 

Biggest surprise so far?

“I think the biggest surprise of college is getting used to freedom. Your parents are not taking you places, your teachers are not going to force you to come to class, and no one else really can make you do anything. While the freedom sounds liberating, it only works if you know how to be independent. You must walk everywhere, you must go get your own food, you must study when you need to, and other things that no one is going to force you to anymore. You break your leg, you still have to walk to class. You did not study for the exam in the morning, you still have to take it in the morning. It’s freedom with a sense of responsibility.”“

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

“Sounds like a lot of work!” 

Advice for other students considering your major

“If you can find a way to double major, do it. It helps to have classes in the majors overlap, but if you major in two completely different subjects like me, you must find a way to fit all those classes into your schedule.

Also, a biology major is very science-orientated, so there is not a lot of culture to it. My Chinese major adds that culture to an otherwise culture-less career path. By taking Chinese, I learn how to communicate more efficiently and to understand how other cultures differ from my own. My biology major carves the way to medical school or other post-graduate science careers, and my Chinese major increases my career opportunities to China and other foreign countries.

Writer

Kasey Dallman ’14
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