Megan Miles

Class Year

’21

Hometown

South Bend, Indiana

Major(s)

International Political Economy, Japanese

Minor(s)

Spanish

“I chose Carthage because of the small class sizes and the emphasis on studying abroad. There is a lot of potential to expand my horizons.”

Megan Miles, ’21

Career goal

“After I graduate Carthage, I hope to utilize both my majors by working in the Department of State.”

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

Professor Arthur Cyr has been so gracious to me. Since IPE is a small major, he takes the time to know those involved as individuals. He exceeds in his role as a professor and advisor, and makes me feel welcome in his presence.

The other faculty members who have had an impact is Izumi Koide, a Japanese Target Language Expert (TLE). I’ve had the pleasure of having her as a teacher for both years she has stayed at Carthage. Like Prof. Cyr, she has taken the time to know me not just as a student, but as a person. She encourages me to go beyond classroom content and be the best I can in what I do.”

Favorite class

“Aside from Japanese, which is always fun because it’s a new language, I’m looking forward to what my Intro to International Relations class has to offer.”

Campus involvement

“I am part of the Honors Program and the student government organization representative for Japanese Club. I’m new, but it will be worthwhile.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class has been Tai Chi but only because I find it hard to relax.”

Scholarships

“I am one of the winners of the Modern Language Scholarships for Japanese. It’s encouraging to know that the department saw my dedication and interest despite no prior formal knowledge of the language.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

Last year’s homecoming was fun, and I loved working in my modern language studio class to create collaborative artwork.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus has to be either Starbucks or the rocks by the lake.”

Biggest surprise so far

“My biggest surprise has been how long the walk to classes seems in the cold.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“My 8-year-old self would ask if I’d get to do any detective work.”

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

“International political economy is a major that allows you to combine interests in politics and economics, and leaves room in your schedule to pursue complementary interests. It seems intimidating because it’s a mouthful, but the faculty and the students are not. Don’t be afraid, you always have resources.”

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because of the small class sizes and the emphasis on studying abroad. There is a lot of potential to expand my horizons.”