From the Honors Program to…
Katherine Schlinder ’15
Majors: International Political Economy, Economics, and Spanish
Carthage Honors Scholar, Magna Cum Laude
By the time Katherine Schlinder graduated from Carthage in 2015, she was already quite accomplished. She had successfully completed three majors: international political economy, economics, and Spanish. She had studied abroad during J-Terms in Guatemala, China, Nicaragua, and Peru. She had performed in the Carthage Wind Orchestra, and was the recipient of a Music Scholarship, Hay Scholarship, the Merle and Eunice Boyer Social Science Scholarship, and the Carthage College Faculty Honor Scholarship.
But for Ms. Schlinder, Carthage was just a great start. In June 2017, she completed her dissertation for her master’s degree in international development. She recently accepted a contract position with the International Trade Centre in Geneva, Switzerland. The centre is a joint agency of the UN and WTO to promote trade related technical assistance, along with small and medium enterprise development.
“Together with my study abroad experiences, the interdisciplinary nature of my studies at Carthage truly helped prepare me to tackle international development from a more nuanced perspective,” she said. “My combination of international political economy, economics, and Spanish gave me the necessary quantitative and qualitative skills to further grow and expand my experiences.”
Mary Weir ’17
Majors: English and Spanish
Carthage Honors Scholar, Cum Laude
Mary Weir recently graduated with majors in English and Spanish and a minor in Educational Studies. She received All-College Honors and was nominated as a Distinguished Senior. During her time at Carthage she participated in numerous student organizations and worked in the Humanities and Western Heritage/Honors Office on campus. Currently, she is teaching English in Spain through the Auxilliares de Conversación Program as a North American Language and Culture Assistant. Her time at Carthage greatly prepared her for her future career, and over the years her teachers have inspired her immensely. As an aspiring educator herself, she hopes to make a lasting difference in the lives of her students by inspiring a love for learning and encouraging them to “nunca pares” (Spanish for “never stop”) believing in the impossible.
Katie Niemeyer ’13
Major: International Political Economy and Economics
Summa Cum Laude
While she was a Carthage student, Katie traveled to Guatemala and Turkey, and worked for a summer at a nonprofit in Tanzania. Katie won a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Mongolia and she is now studying with the International Agricultural Development Graduate Group at the University of California, Davis.