JULIANA PELAEZ, CULTURE & DIVERSITY EDITOR
“In high school, I was class valedictorian,” Carrington Bush, a second-year neuroscience and psychology double-major, said. “I applied to 41 different colleges and got accepted into all 41 of them. So I accumulated more than $2 million in scholarships.”
Bush is one of many students who come from out of state to attend Wartburg College. Bush, originally from Mobile, Alabama, has made the long trip up North.
“I didn’t want my parents to pay so much out of pocket, because I do have three younger siblings and I do want them to be able to go to college too, but also enjoy their childhood without my parents stressing about financial issues or anything,” Bush said.
“Wartburg is a bit diverse considering just the demographics as far as that it’s not that big of a school, so everything is going to be smaller than normal, but I don’t think Wartburg is as inclusive as it should be.”— CARRINGTON BUSH, SECOND-YEAR WARTBURG STUDENT
As a senior in high school, FOX 10 News covered Bush’s story and highlighted her achievements by showing how Bush focused on academics. Outside of her school achievements, Bush participated in one of the oldest Southern attractions, Mobile Azalea Trail Maids.
Many girls apply for a chance to represent Mobile in Alabama and across the country. The process takes 50 girls and requires an intensive interview.
“I had at least 200 flashcards that I studied every second of every day. And then when I got my letter, I literally cried,” Bush said. “My mom brought it up to the school and I was like ‘I don’t even want to look at it or read it.’ and then I ran through the hallway. That was literally the best day of
my life so far.”
While taking a leap into the direction of becoming a southern belle, Bush is also a woman with a passionate voice of her own. Bush is the vice president of the Black Student Union and is a general member of Duh-Versity Knights,
Student Senate and several other campus groups.
“Wartburg is a bit diverse considering just the demographics as far as that it’s not that big of a school, so everything is going to be smaller than normal, but I don’t think Wartburg is as inclusive as it should be,” Bush said. “I’m trying my hardest, and not just me, but all of the multicultural organizations on campus, I think we’re all trying to make it as inclusive as possible to make ourselves feel comfortable here.”
Bush’s experience in Wartburg’s science program has inspired her to continue to make an impact in the medical field after
“I really want to go into medical school, but I think I’m going to take the long route and do a post-baccalaureate program or linkage program, preferably targeted towards minorities in STEM fields,” Bush said. “I really want to go to Howard University, it’s in Washington D.C., it’s a historically black university.”