A co-founder of the NorthStar Youth Ministries Book Club, Carlson now serves as its coordinator. In addition, she was named the national representative for Samford's chapter of Gamma Sigma Sigma, a service sorority. Carlson is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Epsilon Delta, and national sorority. Last spring, Carlson studied at Samford's Daniel House in London and interned at Nursing Times, the UK's leading nursing weekly. Upon returning to campus, Carlson was named Samford's Rhodes Scholarship nominee.