Carrie Vachon (B.A., anthropology and psychology, ‘17) initially enrolled as a biology (pre-med) and psychology double major. However, after working at a hospital, she decided that pre-med “wasn’t the best route for me!” She then chose anthropology as her second major.
Vachon participated in an impressive number of extracurricular activities in her two major departments. During the 2016-17 academic year, Vachon was the president of the IPFW chapter of Psi Chi (the international honor society in psychology) and vice president of IPFW’s Anthropology Club. In 2016, she traveled to Scotland to conduct anthropological research as part of a senior-level “Field School in Cultural Anthropology” course.
Alongside her academic and other campus-based pursuits, Vachon found time for volunteer work. She was a consultant/mentor in the IPFW Being First Program, a program that provides support and resources to first-generation college students. From 2012 through 2014, she organized charity events and participated in a medical mission trip as part of the United States Agency for International Development’s Global Health Initiative.
Vachon fully appreciates the opportunities available to IPFW students: “IPFW is small enough that I have been able to get to know most of my professors quite well, but it is large enough to offer many of the same opportunities as a large university. I have had the opportunity to do research with two faculty members, to study abroad in Europe and South America, and to volunteer my time as an officer of two student organizations. I was able to receive two degrees: one from Purdue and one from IU, all while living and working in Fort Wayne.”
After graduation, she will work in Fort Wayne and continue to work as a research assistant at IPFW. Then while saving money for a few years, Vachon will research prospective psychology graduate programs to find the program best suited for her personal, academic, and professional plans.