Serena Richardson ?24

Serena Richardson

Class Year



Milwaukee, WI


Spanish and Sociology


Women’s and Gender Studies

Serena Richardson ’24, a recipient of the Ruud Scholarship and the Alumni Association Scholarship, is a double major in sociology and Spanish with a minor in women’s and gender studies. One of her favorite experiences as a Carthage student is when she went on a J-Term study tour to Peru, where she learned about the effects of tourism on the environment and indigenous women. 

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“The professors at Carthage want you to succeed! If you have questions, concerns, or any doubts, they are all ears and willing to help you get back on your feet.”

Serena Richardson, ’24

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage for multiple reasons: First, my mom is an alumna, so there is some generational history when it comes to this institution. Second, I was greatly intrigued by the study abroad programs that Carthage offers. Finally, I received the Ruud Scholarship and Alumni Association Scholarship, which made it financially possible for me to commit to this school. Also, who doesn’t love the gorgeous Lake Michigan that caresses Carthage’s shores?”

Faculty mentors

“Carthage faculty have been nothing but supportive, thus far. Just a couple of names that come to mind are Professor Maribel Morales and Professor Stephanie Mitchell. They have a lot of life wisdom to share outside of academic life, and I am so grateful for their continuous love and care.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class by far has been Arts of Africa taught by Professor Jody Berman. After taking this class, I knew I wanted to study something along the lines of anthropology or sociology. This class made me think outside of the western standard. For example, the definition of art, our concept of time, and our inherent values are not universal. I learned the importance of cultural relativism and staying away from ethnocentric viewpoints.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class has been African American Religion taught by Professor Julius Crump. This class was challenging because of the intensive reading. I took this course over J-Term, which meant the readings, that were already intellectually dense, increased in quantity. I am naturally a slow reader, so I struggled to keep up with all the material. However, this has also been one of the most rewarding courses. Like so many other courses at Carthage, it taught me more critical thinking skills for which I am incredibly grateful.”

Campus involvement

“I am involved in the Martial Arts Club on campus. My roommate and I decided to go to the first Martial Arts Club meeting in the fall, and now we enjoy practicing taekwondo, jiu-jitsu, and tai chi with other students. I am also on the e-board for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. We have Bible studies, large groups, outreach events, and yearly conferences.

“I also am a part of Carthachords, an acappella group on campus. My favorite song we performed at our last conference was a mashup of “Potential Breakup Song” by Aly & AJ and “Good 4 U” by Olivia Rodrigo.”

Career goal

“Currently, I am on student staff for the Center for Faith and Spirituality as an Interfaith Lunch co-coordinator, and I really enjoy my position there. Whatever I end up exploring and undertaking after I graduate from college, I hope it will be community-oriented and with a company that values cultural diversity.”

Favorite memory

“My favorite Carthage memories include my lovely roommate, Nina Werger. I think no matter where you go, the people you meet make the place feel like home. I am incredibly fortunate to have met a friend for life and am beyond grateful for her. However, the Snickers ice cream bars that the Red Zone offers are a close second!”

Advice for other students in your major?

“My advice to people who are undecided is not to stress about it. I was undecided for my entire freshman year. Whatever you choose, study that which fascinates you!”

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

“I think 8-year-old Serena would be happy where she’s at right now. I’ve always been a curious learner, asking ‘Why?’ every chance I get, and that hasn’t changed between being 8 years old and 19 years old. I also think that 8-year-old Serena would tell herself to calm down regarding the fact that she is unsure of where her future will go. She would remind me to take life step by step and remember to stop to smell the roses along the way.”