When Christina Konecki first visited campus during a Carthage Visit Day, she sat in on a Western Heritage class and a biology class. She remembers being impressed by the classroom environment and the professors, who were interested in each student and what he or she was getting out of the class.
When she came to Carthage, she chose biology as her major. Yet by second semester of her freshman year, “I decided that I was more interested in studying chemistry,” she said. “I picked chemistry as my major because it was my first science class at Carthage and I was embraced by the department.”
Now, she’s a member of the Chemistry Club, which she says is one of the department’s biggest assets, and Theta Chi Delta, the Chemistry fraternity. She has also worked for the department.
“I have been active in the department as an in-class lab assistant and now a department fellow, which allowed me to build relationships with many of the professors in the department,” Christina said. “These relationships are one of the best parts about the department because it makes it easier to talk about future plans and get more guidance on life after Carthage.
In addition to her jobs within the Chemistry Department, Christina is a Resident Assistant for The Oaks, and had the opportunity to participate in the SURE research program during the summer of her sophomore year.
“The department feels like a large family,” she said. “This allows for communication among the students regardless of class standing and provides a support system for students academically but sometimes emotionally as well.”
“I picked chemistry as my major because it was my first science class at Carthage and I was embraced by the department.”
To be a chemistry professor.
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“Dr. Blaine! She is always enthusiastic about what she is teaching, even when the whole class appears to be glazed over. She always has stories with her lectures that break up the amount of material we cover, even if they have nothing to do with chemistry.”
“Medical Ethnobotany. This class is very interesting because you learn about how drugs and medicinal plants came to be used and viewed today.”
“Advanced Organic. This course challenged me to think in a completely different way. Some of the concepts were difficult to visualize, but it’s still a good class.”
Favorite spot on campus
Biggest surprise so far
“I came in as a biology major wanting to go to medical school. Then my sophomore year, I was officially a chemistry major but still wanting to go to medical school, until the fall of my senior year, when I decided graduate school was the way to go.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Get involved in the department. Chemistry Club is a great way to do that, as well as working in the labs. Remember to build a strong foundation in your core classes so the advanced ones are a little smoother. Also, keep your notes and at least your Analytical text book, you WILL use them again.”