Like many incoming freshman, Andrew Kaiser didn’t know what to major in when he first came to Carthage. He didn’t decide until the end of his sophomore year when he declared his major in religion. “I’ve always considered religion to be an excellent way to try and understand people, so being able to better understand religious beliefs and their bases would serve to make that even easier,” he said. He is also minoring in philosophy.
Andrew believes that the Religion Department is very good about keeping bias out of the classroom. “There’s always been a strong emphasis on keeping an open mind, to make sure that the students aren’t passing judgment on a belief that isn’t in line with their own,” Andrew said.
After graduation, Andrew hopes to get a higher degree and become a teacher.
“I’ve always considered religion to be an excellent way to try and understand people.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“I’d have to go with Prof. Magurshak. I’ve had a number of classes with him, and each one I’ve come away with something new, even on things I thought I had known already. He pulls in a lot of different material, using a lot of different sources to demonstrate a point clearly.”
“My favorite class has probably been Understandings of Love with Prof. Rom Maczka. It was an interesting look at trying to explain something most people never really fully understand, and even if there never was a clear, universally applicable definition I could get from it, there was still a great deal of learning on an extremely relevant topic.”
“My toughest class was definitely Intro to Comparative Politics. I decided to try and take a course that was completely unrelated to anything I had really done before, and it was definitely a challenge, even for an intro level course.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“They may have come every day, but I was always a fan of the call to head to the Caf on the floor.”
Favorite spot on campus
“The view of the lake next to the grill, behind the Denhart Courtyard. You get a good view and a good breeze, so it’s a good place to go and just relax.”
Biggest surprise so far
“How easy it’s been to talk to my professors whenever I run into them.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Take a wide breadth of classes, get to know your professors, and talk to them. You get a lot out of conversations with your professors, and you can see them around campus enough that the opportunity is there. It never hurts knowing people’s opinions, so talking to anyone can be a good learning experience anyway. Put what you learn to use!”