Michael Arient came to Carthage looking for an environment that would foster his academic and personal growth while allowing him to pursue interests in multiple fields. After only his first few moments on campus, Michael knew Carthage was a perfect fit.
“The first time I stepped on campus, I instantly felt tranquil,” he says. “I knew I was in an environment where I could learn well.
“Carthage was really the only school that allowed me the freedom to pursue all of my passions at once. I was unable to study both IPE and accounting at any other school, and here I am able to take on both as full majors alongside a minor.”
By getting to know his professors and classmates through the small class sizes and community provided by Carthage, Michael instantly found a home within his department, and the College as a whole. Michael thanks Prof. Arthur Cyr and other faculty members for giving him the warm welcome and encouragement in class that he now values deeply.
Michael is actively involved on campus and belongs to clubs and organizations such as the Carthage Accounting Association, VITA, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Model UN. These groups have allowed Michael to enjoy new experiences, friendships, and leadership opportunities. In what became one of his favorite Carthage memories, Michael experienced his first plane ride while traveling to Toronto with Model UN. He hopes to utilize Carthage’s many J-Term options to see more countries and ways of life in the future.
After Carthage, Michael hopes for a career in international trade. He encourages incoming students with interests in numerous topics to consider IPE and all that the department has to offer.
“I would like to eventually work with international trade in an economics or business role.”
“The professor who has made the greatest impact on my life has got to be Professor Arthur Cyr. As an advisor to me, he has been very encouraging, especially when I first arrived on campus. He was one of the first to welcome me and helped me to discover new clubs and classes. He made me feel like Carthage was not just interested, but engaged in my future success.”
“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been Western Heritage II (COR 1110). It was all due to Professor Paul Ulrich’s questions which really brought the text to life. The philosophical questions he asked were very relevant to our lives and resulted in some impactful life lessons. Overall, it was the best discussion class I’ve ever taken.”
“My toughest class my first year was Philosophical Foundations of Political Economy (POL 2050). I took this class with Dr. Cyr and it was the first time I experienced real college-level reading and writing. Reading volumes and volumes of political philosophy was a brand new challenge in time management. Thankfully Dr. Cyr was helpful, my enjoyment in the readings grew, and the semester went well.”
“I have not completed an internship yet, but this upcoming school year, I have a fellowship with NextGen America. I will be motivating other students to register to vote.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“Besides the traveling, I think one of the best opportunities I’ve had has been being able to meet and work with professors one-on-one. At a small school, you really get to know your professors well, which is a great help when you need career advice or essay help.”
“I belong to the Carthage Accounting Association, VITA, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Model UN. All of these clubs led me to meet amazing new individuals who are all very motivated and intelligent. In Model UN, I made countless friends and had amazing opportunities to represent Carthage and make memories of a lifetime.”
Favorite moments at Carthage
“My favorite memory from Carthage was a Model UN conference in Toronto. While the United States and Canada aren’t terribly different culturally, between two political science students, there were endless things to discuss. I made tons of friends and spent the weekend doing what I love. This was my first conference of many, all of which I know will be memories of a lifetime.”
Biggest surprise so far?
“I think the biggest surprise so far is how many new friends I’ve made. I really can’t believe how many lifelong friends I made in such a short period of time. I made friends from all different walks of life. In everything I did at Carthage, people were always friendly.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“My 8-year-old self would be very pleased to hear that I am studying something with an international side. When I was in grade school I used to check a different atlas out of the library every week. I would be ecstatic to know all those hours spent staring at maps weren’t in vain.”
Advice for other students considering your major
“I would definitely recommend International Political Economy to any student who is interested in a variety of topics. IPE covers many different topics and Dr. Cyr encourages students to explore their interests.
“I have found accounting and IPE to be a very satisfying combination. On one hand IPE is a very wide major, while on the other accounting is a very deep one. This provides a very strong understanding of business and how it affects economics and in turn politics and international relations.”