Victoria Martinez

Class Year

’14

Hometown

Farmington Hills, Mich.

Major(s)

English, Political Science

Minor(s)

Women’s and Gender Studies

Victoria “Tory” Martinez applied to four different colleges, but she fell in love with one. “I fell in love with Carthage because it felt like I was loved in return,” she said.

Tory is now double-majoring in English and political science with a minor in women’s and gender studies. Regarding her English major she says, “All of the homework is reading, but our textbooks are good reads. And imagination is not only encouraged but required.”

Last January Term, Tory had the opportunity to travel to India to explore different religions and cultures.

“Spending a month halfway around the world made me rethink my world views and my place in it. The people also reaffirmed my faith in humanity. Everyone was so kind and so ready to help.”

After she graduates, Tory would like to be a journalist for a national publication. However, she hasn’t ruled anything out. “Carthage has shown me that the possibilities are quite endless. No matter how crazy an idea seems, there will be a professor to help make it work.” 

“I fell in love with Carthage because it felt like I was loved in return.”

Victoria Martinez, ’14

Career goal

“I want to be a journalist at a major national publication.”

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

“I have two because they are in different departments. Dr. Jeffrey Roberg has been incredibly influential to my career as a political science major. He always pushes me to do my best because he knows what I am capable of, even if I don’t. He is always willing to meet with me to discuss everything from class material, to global and national politics, to details of my daily life. My other favorite professor is Alyson Kiesel. She’s helped shape my writing abilities and always makes class interesting by assigning poetry and prose that isn’t as well known as the things other English professors have students read. She is also incredibly interesting and fun.”

Favorite class

“Human Rights definitely opened my eyes to a wide variety of issues and how the world views them. It was also incredibly diverse in that it looked at issues from different lenses and challenged perceptions of what human rights are and how they’ve been treated in the past.”

Campus involvement

“I am currently president of Model United Nations and president of Tarble Residence Hall Residence Life Council. I am also actively involved with Carthage College DemocratsAlliesPi Delta Chi service sorority, and Honors Council.”

Toughest class

“Definitely Constitutional Law with Dr. Marshall. I was completely out of my element, and the sheer amount of reading and writing about things I didn’t understand was a little overwhelming at times. But at least I know now that law school will never be an option.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Relay for Life last year. Just seeing the campus come together to do something bigger than us was amazing to be a part of, and doing the Hustle at 3 a.m. while sleep-deprived was hilarity exemplified.”

Favorite spot on campus

“On the beach watching the waves. Or in the library, hiding between stacks of books.”

Biggest surprise so far

“How friendly everyone is, and how easy it is to strike up conversations with complete strangers without it being completely weird.”

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

“Love reading and writing. And don’t read things just for class. Read to discover a new world.”