As an 8-year-old, Kerry Stapf ’17 wanted to be a dolphin trainer. Now at Carthage, she found herself in a place surrounded by a large body of water and beauty, but with a career path that has changed.
Kerry is now majoring in mathematics at Carthage with hopes to be an actuary after graduation. She is also involved in many student organizations including Swing Dance Club, Delta Omega Epsilon, and Belly Dance Club.
When asked what advice she would give to students planning to major in mathematics, she said, “Meet other people in the major, be friendly, and rely on each other. For the high-level classes, bouncing ideas off of other people really helps.”
“I hope to pass a few actuarial exams and then get hired as an actuary.”
“Prof. Haley Yaple has helped me so much at Carthage. She has given me advice about careers, and is always willing to talk about the future with me.”
“My favorite class was the J-Term course Social Context of Knitting. It’s just a general credit, but I learned to knit and haven’t stopped since.”
“Abstract Algebra I (MTH 3040). It was very hard to wrap my mind around what we were actually talking about and therefore, it was very hard for me to understand.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“Like many other students, I qualified for the highest merit scholarship. It lessened my debt by a lot, and for that I am very thankful.”
Favorite moments at Carthage
“During the blood moon in 2015, almost everyone was out on the beach looking into the sky. Seeing so many people out was really cool, and I wish it would happen more often.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“They would think it was pretty cool since they like math, but not as cool as being a dolphin trainer.”
Advice for other students considering your major
“Meet other people in the major, be friendly, and rely on each other. For the high-level classes, bouncing ideas off of other people really helps.”