French, Political Science
Brittney Frederick was attracted to the beauty of campus and the proximity to places like Milwaukee and Chicago. Now that she is here, she studies French and political science. “Knowing another language opens so many doors,” she said. “You learn about a whole new culture and way of life, which can make you even more understanding and accepting.”
Brittney has been crucial to the development of the ONE campaign chapter on campus, an international advocacy effort to end global extreme poverty and preventable disease. She led the Campus Challenge effort, which was a competition with other collegiate chapters across the nation – and won both semesters. “It was great to receive recognition on the national level and help the Electrify Africa Act (H.R. 2548) pass through the House of Representatives,” she said. “Plus, it gave us even more motivation to keep working hard to help end global poverty.”
“I never would have guessed that I would have the chance to lead organizations, explore subjects outside of my major, travel to summits, do research, and meet so many amazing students and professors.”
“After Carthage, I am planning on going to law school to study international/comparative law. Eventually, I’d love to work in the US Department of State or the United Nations.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“I especially love all of the professors I’ve had in the Modern Language Department; they’re all so experienced, friendly, and willing to help their students. Isabel Rivero-Vilá is definitely a wonderful professor who brings out the best in her students. Her classes are full of activities for students to better understand the material at hand, and she makes sure her students have a good grasp on the lesson. She’s extremely supportive and nurturing, as well. She’s written a last-minute letter of recommendation for me, and has done a lot to support ONE. Professor Matthew Borden has had an impact on my life by making me strive to work harder and harder each day, and through his classes he has helped me develop my interests which has helped me immensely in choosing a career path. I remember that at the end of my first semester, he told me that I made his class better, which made me want to continue to work hard and continue studying Spanish. I’ve had him for three classes during my freshman year and he’s been a pleasure to have as a professor. One memory that I will never forget is when he asked me to take his daughter to lunch one day while he had meetings. I found it pretty special that, out of all of his students, I was the one he chose to spend time with his daughter, and it was a great time speaking Spanish and joking around with her.”
“My favorite class was The French Speaking World: Social, Political, and Economic Issues. The class incorporated my love of French while learning about international issues, primarily in the Francophone world. We studied the political systems, religion, healthcare, immigration, and more in France, Senegal, and Quebec. My favorite part was we, as students, were given a final project including selecting a different Francophone country and reporting on it to the class, and writing a research paper regarding an important topic in the country. I was passionate about my paper, and sought to argue that there is no religious freedom in Morocco, despite what their constitution says.”
“I’m the Campus Leader for ONE at Carthage, which is a chapter of the ONE Campaign, an international grassroots advocacy campaign to end global poverty and disease. Our chapter competes against other collegiate chapters across the nation through the ONE Campus Challenge. This past year, we won first place for both semesters! I am also the vice-president of the newly-formed Pre-Law Club and treasurer of Phi Alpha Delta, the international law fraternity. I’m the historian for French Club, a staff reporter for The Current, and am an active member in Pi Delta Chi, the women’s service sorority, and Alpha Lambda Delta, the freshman honors society. I also work on campus as a Sociological Research Assistant, French and Spanish Tutor and Student Ambassador.”
“Issues in Economics was definitely the toughest class I’ve taken so far. It was a lecture-style class, which was something I wasn’t used to, and it involved a lot of studying terms and graphs.”
Internships or on-campus employment
“In the spring of 2014, I was a part of the ONE Campus Internship Program where I recruited, supported, and managed a team of peers in structured and creative advocacy campaigns in order to engage students on campus in the fight against extreme poverty and disease. Through the internship program, I was able to challenge Carthage students to mobilize as global development advocates and ensured legislative and policy victories for improved government, greater economic development, and smarter aid in the developing world. It was a great program and I look forward to continuing the internship while I’m still in college. Starting in the summer of 2014, I’m an intern at the Kenosha County Courthouse under Judge Mary Wagner. I attend jury selections, watch court proceedings, and shadow the judge.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“I’ve had more opportunities than I imagined I could since starting at Carthage. I’ve been able to lead and grow student organizations, become recognized as a leader on the national level, and helped to get important legislation passed through Congress with the support of Carthage students. I have had the opportunity to do undergraduate research about anti-gay pastors in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) through the SURE Program with Professor Wayne Thompson, the coolest cat of them all. One of the most valuable opportunities I’ve had, though, is to be able to explore and cultivate my interests through classes and organizations at Carthage.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“My favorite moment was winning the ONE Campus Challenge for the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters. Other favorite moments of mine include walks on the beach, painting Kissing Rock with my organizations, and late nights in the Union with my friends.”
Favorite spot on campus
“Einstein’s. Usually when people are looking for me, Einstein’s is the first place they check because I’m almost always there doing work, studying, spending time with friends, or just eating a bagel. I’ve actually been asked if I live in Einstein’s because of how much time I spend there. Despite it being a popular place on campus, I can really focus on my work while I’m there, especially late at night, and lucky for me, the area is open 24/7.”
Biggest surprise so far
“The biggest surprise would definitely be the amount of opportunities I’ve had during my time here at Carthage.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“As an 8-year-old, I dreamed of becoming a professional tennis player and winning Grand Slams. Obviously, that didn’t happen, but I’m pretty sure that my 8-year-old self would still be impressed with me because of how much I’ve grown, enhanced my knowledge, and have worked to help others and become a global citizen.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Go for it! Majoring in a foreign language leads to so many more opportunities because you have a knowledge of other countries and cultures, become more accepting and understanding, and can communicate with a wider array of people.”