Christopher Riordan

Class Year

’17

Hometown

Skokie, Illinois

Major(s)

Economics, Finance

Minor(s)

French

Christopher Riordan decided to major in economics and finance because these fields allow for many different career options. “You can do so many things within the field,” he said. “It’s also interesting to know how businesses are run.”

“Take advantage of resources that are available because you might not have the chance later. Also, it’s important to enjoy what you’re doing and to take pride in it.”

Christopher Riordan, ’17

Career goal

“Hopefully, I will work for a business as a financial analyst or possibly work in international business of some sort.”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“My French professor Isabel Rivero-Vila is one of my favorite professors. She made me really interested in French again. My last two years of high school, I was in the same French class, and it was too repetitive. Isabel’s class allowed people to speak and really learn the language through experience, not through books.”

Favorite class

“Again, I’d probably have to go with French since it wasn’t the typical lecture-and-paperwork kind of class. It was really interactive, so I met people and developed skills in the language, by using the language instead of analyzing it the way one would in a traditional French class.”

Campus involvement

“I was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, which is a freshman honors fraternity. I was in Residence Life Council for a little while but got busy with swimming. I would definitely want to get more involved in it. I am a member of the Red Men swim team here at Carthage, and it’s probably the best experience I could have had. I’ve met a lot of really fun people and enjoy spending time with them, even if it’s during a rough practice and we’re all tired and hurting.”

Toughest class

“Accounting was definitely my hardest class. I always saw money as either in your pocket or in someone else’s. So changing what I thought was probably what made it so hard.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I have a lot of memories from swim team — like going out on Saturday mornings after practice with a bunch of teammates who have become my closest friends.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Time management and going in for help when needed are really important. Take advantage of resources that are available because you might not have the chance later. Also, even though it is school, it’s important to enjoy what you’re doing and to take pride in it. Don’t pursue a major because you hear it makes great money.”