Kim Schultz

Class Year

’12

Hometown

Genoa City, Wis.

Major(s)

Physics

Minor(s)

Mathematics

Kim Schultz came to Carthage for its smaller size and the close relationships students have with faculty. She became a physics major because she loved the subject in high school. “It was the first thing that kept me interested and made me want to learn more,” she said.

Now Kim couldn’t imagine studying anything else. “Physics shows why the universe acts as it does,” she said. “It’s fascinating to learn so much about the world around us and how it works.”

She also likes that the professors and students work together to make a positive college experience. “Our professors always have time to help you with anything. Also fellow physics students are awesome, and we all work together to get through college and our classes.”

One of the best moments at Carthage for Kim was participating in the NASA Systems Engineering Educational Discovery (SEED) program. She got to work on a team to design, build and conduct an experiment for NASA. “Our experiment was conducted aboard an aircraft that can simulate zero-gravity environments,” Kim said. “That experience has been extremely beneficial. I learned so much and had an amazing time working with the great people in the Physics Department.”

On campus, she is involved in Society of Physics Students, Honors Council, Carthage Wind Orchestra, Pep Band, Omicron Delta Kappa, Microgravity Team, and is a supplemental instructor. After graduating from Carthage, she plans to attend graduate school.

“Physics shows why the universe acts as it does.”

Kim Schultz, ’12

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“I don’t have a favorite professor here at Carthage. All the professors are incredible, and I could not pick a favorite.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class so far actually isn’t a physics class. The course is called Foundations of Western Thought and is taught by professors Lynch and Schwartz. We read Greek and Roman texts and analyze them during class. The best part is the fact that the professors let the students discuss questions and allow us to voice our opinions.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class was actually Foundations of Western Thought. In order to write a paper for this class or discuss your ideas, it was necessary to think in a completely different way from physics. Instead of focusing on the ‘big picture,’ you had to choose a small passage of the text that intrigued you and then compose a question that it sparked. From there you could write your paper.”

Favorite spot on campus

“Straz B-2, the physics lab/hang-out place.”

Biggest surprise so far

“Realizing that I can live on my own without my parents.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Get to know your professors. They will be able to help you with anything. Also, get involved. You will meet tons of new people and have a great time doing it.”