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Lorena Retana ’17

Hometown

Kenosha, Wis.

Major(s)

International Political Economy

Minor(s)

Spanish

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is Hedberg Library. It’s the one place on campus where I can concentrate on my work and get things done when I’m on a time crunch.”

Lorena Retana isn’t looking for an easy degree. She came to Carthage to be challenged, opting to major in international political economy and minor in Spanish. IPE will help her focus on her work in business, administration, economics, and political science, while her Spanish minor will allow her to go global with these skills. “I had always imagined myself going into the medical field, but became fascinated with international world affairs and political science/economics,” she said.

After Carthage, Lorena hopes find a position with a nonprofit organization where she can help others while incorporating her knowledge of IPE and Spanish. “International political economy can be a daunting title, but this area of study allows a student to incorporate two aspects of study (economics and political science) at the same time. IPE expands a student’s view on the world and this is a crucial tool in today’s globalized society.”

“I’ve changed as a person since coming to Carthage. The classes, the people, and the professors have allowed me to expand my perspectives. I am still in the process of figuring out my next move in life, but I know Carthage will continue to guide me in the process.”

Career goal

“I hope to find a position with a nonprofit organization. Although I am still figuring out the exact details of my plans after Carthage, I hope to obtain a position where I can help others while also incorporating my knowledge of my Spanish minor and IPE major. I hope to impact the lives of others in one way or another.”

Favorite professor

“A professor that has had an impact on me has been Mimi Yang. She pushed me to think outside of the box and create my own ‘window’ to understand the texts from my own perspective. Writing her essays also improved my textual analysis as well as provoked me to think deeper than what is written on paper.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been Spanish 3080 or Spanish Speaking World: Social, Political & Economics. I learned about several Spanish speaking countries and various social, political, economic issues that affect them. I found all of the topics interesting and it also allowed me to blend both my major and minor.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class at Carthage so far has been Western Heritage. I enjoyed English classes in high school and expected my Western Heritage courses to be similar, but I was motivated to think beyond the superficial and grasp the deeper meaning. Reading works by Plato and Aristotle intimidated me, but with the help of the professor, I powered through the course and ended up learning a lot about analyzing texts.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“My favorite Carthage memory has to be homecoming weekend. I spent time with great friends and have memories that I will share with them for a lifetime. Homecoming weekend is all about celebrating Carthage and it makes me proud to be a part of such a great community.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“The biggest surprise so far is how much I’ve changed as a person since coming to Carthage. The classes, the people, and the professors have allowed me to expand my perspectives. I am still in the process of figuring out my next move in life, and I know Carthage will continue to guide me in the process.”

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

“I think my 8-year-old self would be surprised at my current studies. I had always imagined myself going into the medical field, but became fascinated with international world affairs and political science/economics.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“I would tell other students to look into IPE and consider the value the major has. It is not restricted to only one topic, and the curriculum is able to broaden one’s understanding of both areas of study.”

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