“I hope to be in some sort of public service. I’m interested in both the United Nations and the federal government, but mostly wherever I can be the most helpful to the public.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“Professor Gregory Baer, the Modern Language Department Chair and my German advisor, has helped me tremendously with guiding me on what majors would best fit my skills. He has encouraged and helped me apply for various programs in my field, while always giving me advice on how to better my writing and rhetorical skills. What is true for Baer and I’m sure for all other faculty, is that they become friends rather than just professors or advisers.”
“My favorite class was Christianities of the Global South (REL 2210), taught by Professor Andrea Ng’weshemi. I was introduced to non-Western Christianity and how it can be drastically different than the Anglo-American Christianity we are most exposed to. I wasn’t previously aware just how much Christianity differs in each continent while still holding the basic principles taught in the Bible. While I am not personally religious, I came to appreciate Christianity and its impact in societies throughout the world and how different cultures apply it to their unique lives. Professor Ng’weshemi encouraged a lot of peer discussion and open-mindedness to new viewpoints. I would recommend this to any student interested in Christianity or religion and its impact in other continents.”
“The toughest class I took was Intro to Geographical Information Science (GEO 1610), taught by Professor Wenjie Sun. GIS was difficult for me, because I am not very adept with the more complex computer applications, but I feel more comfortable with it now thanks to GIS. Although GIS has a steep learning curve for people like me, you quickly understand its practical use, especially in IPE. It helps you understand how to create basic maps, break down demographic information, and apply statistics into a comprehensive visual format. A tough class, but it is both practical and rewarding.”
“I am participatory member of Model United Nations and an active fraternity member in Delta Omega Nu. Model U.N is a replica of the United Nations diplomatic and legislative process. I have learned how to better articulate myself in front of committees and write resolution papers, all the while improving the delicate need to be compromising and agreeable with different countries and their policies. It’s not all business though, Model U.N has brilliant and interesting students who like to have fun with the club while maintaining authenticity to the U.N process.”
“Delta Omega Nu is a social fraternity. We participate in philanthropy with Walk MS and raise money through events on campus for donations of our choosing. We support fellow Greek life organizations and promote a positive and moral image of our members. The Dons, as we’re called, have opened me up to meeting people I wouldn’t have expected to meet otherwise, but showing me how unique each of us are while sharing similar qualities and ambitions.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“My favorite memories so far have been joining the Delta Omega Nu fraternity and meeting my friends. I appreciate learning about others and what makes them unique. I admire all my friends differently, but each has helped me grow in my understanding and appreciations of others thoughts and ambitions.”
Biggest surprise so far
“How enjoyable WOW Cafe food in the Student Union can be at 1 a.m. on the weekends after intense social rituals.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“Mom and dad will be proud, but happier if I don’t have to move back home afterwards.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“If you have mixed interests in both political science and economics, IPE is like a combination of the two. Because both of these fields are taught within the major, you can better connect and apply both to your own views and the way the world is run. IPE is never boring and it always applies to current events, making you feel so smart that you can evaluate world events and break down why said events happen.”
“International political economy has been, for me, more than just assignments and repeated information. We’ve discussed current issues while learning about historic topics and philosophical thought. We are encouraged to engage and communicate, rather than sit back and only listen. If you want professors interested in your story and thoughtful engagement among your peers, those are a few reasons people should be apart of IPE.”