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  • Magdalena Werger '24

Magdalena Werger ’24

Hometown

Minneapolis, MN

Major(s)

Political Science

Minor(s)

Communications and Public Relations

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is the Fritsch Meditation Chapel. It’s a little chapel that is really peaceful and such a good place to read or just be by yourself.”

Career goal

“After I graduate from Carthage, I would love to work as a political journalist in Washington DC.”

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

“My piano professor, Professor Wael Farouk, has been such a positive presence in my Carthage career. He really worked hard at helping me transition to college life as a freshman, and he is always available to talk if I need help of any kind.”

Favorite class

“So far, my favorite class has been History of Christian Thought with Professor Michele Eich, adjunct faculty of religion. I didn’t think I would like that class too much, but Prof. Eich is such a knowledgeable person, and she taught the class in such an interesting and factual way!”

Toughest class

“The toughest class I’ve taken has been American Foreign Policy with Professor Arthur Cyr. It was difficult because the students and professor were incredibly knowledgeable about events taking place all over the world. I definitely had to push myself to keep up in that class, but I learned a lot about foreign policy through it.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I took a gap year before coming to Carthage, and during that gap year, I did an internship at the Minnesota State Senate. I got to intern under Senator Kiffmeyer and do things such as contact constitutes, sit in on committee meetings, and go to speaker series with people who worked in all kinds of different departments at the capitol.”

Campus involvement

“I am currently part of the Ultimate Frisbee Club and the InterVarsity Club on campus. They both keep me really busy, but they are both super fun, and I’ve met my closest friends at Carthage through them.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite Carthage memory is with my frisbee team. We played a game of frisbee right by the lake, and we accidentally threw the disc into the lake. We had to swim a little to get it back, but we eventually did!”

Biggest surprise so far

“I was surprised at how smooth the transition from high school to college was! I feel very supported at Carthage, and I knew that if I have a question of any sort, there were people all around to help me.”

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

“My 8-year-old self would be surprised! When I was eight, I wanted to be a professional ballerina. Even though I decided that wasn’t the right career for me, I’m very grateful that I can keep ballet in my life by doing ballet at Carthage.”

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

“Don’t be frustrated if you feel like you don’t know as much as other the students right off the bat. Everyone is very eager to help you learn, and the professors really want you to broaden your horizons, so they will help you in any way they can!”

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