Margaret Wixted

Class Year

’18

Hometown

St. Charles, Illinois

Major(s)

International Political Economy

Minor(s)

Economics, Great Ideas

Maggie Wixted ’18 is one of Carthage’s Presidential Scholarship competition winners. This means that she has room and board paid for, but one of the benefits she most relishes is being able to help interview new candidates for the scholarship. “As a recipient, I also participate in the selection process for future Carthage students competing for Lincoln scholarships. I love helping with interviews every February; it is such a great chance to feel like part of the Carthage community.”

After Carthage, Maggie will be attending law school after she graduates and hopes to practice either family or unemployment law, but while she’s excited for her future, she’s already a bit wistful.

“I wandered onto campus knowing almost no one, and now I can’t imagine life without having my best friends living only a building or two away.”

“I have endless favorite Carthage memories. From the simple excitement of finding a class that actually feels personally relevant, to meeting my best friends in my sisterhood, to waking up on the other side of the world, ready to explore, there’s nothing like the Carthage experience.”

Margaret Wixted, ’18

Career goal

“I will be attending law school after graduation with the goal of practicing unemployment or family law.”

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

“I was fortunate to be in Professor Julio Rivera’s statistics class my freshman year. This class gave me a new appreciation and passion for math, by introducing me to a fascinating application for mathematics. Prof. Rivera is not only an engaging professor in the classroom, but a supportive and challenging mentor for students, and no question is too small! It was his class that sparked my interest in working toward an Economics minor, to further explore math as a tool to explain the world.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage was Foundations of Scientific Thought with Professor Brian Schwartz. I took this class to fulfill my non-lab science requirement, and it turned out to be the most fascinating class I’ve taken. Not only is Prof. Schwartz a fun and entertaining professor, but the class itself was fascinating. Prof. Schwartz put together a collection of scientific readings from the Ancients like Plato and Aristotle, all the way up to the discovery of DNA. The chance to read and puzzle through primary scientific texts was challenging and eye-opening, and even fun.”

Campus involvement

“I am 2017 Vice President of Pi Theta sorority, a Carthage Writing Fellow, and a member of Carthage Wind Orchestra and Pi Sigma Alpha”

Toughest class

“The toughest class I have taken so far at Carthage was Intermediate Macroeconomics. Maybe it was my (poor) choice to take this class my first year, but it was way harder than anything else I had ever taken. I learned that my study skills needed serious attention. Even though the exams in this class made me feel in over my head, I learned how to study for college assessments, and thanks to actually doing the reading, I was well prepared to rock International Finance the next year. I also learned to accept that challenges are part of life, and that all we can do is try our best and always keep learning”

Opportunities at Carthage

“One of the best things about Carthage is the endless opportunities for enrichment outside of the classroom. As a member of the Carthage Wind Orchestra, I have traveled the country and the world, while enjoying the chance to make music with extremely talented peers. As a Writing Fellow, I have had the opportunity to strengthen my own writing skills, as well as tutor others. This is the most fulfilling job I have ever had. And the best thing about Carthage by far is J-Term. I have participated in study tours to Cuba (2016), Japan (2017), and will be leaving shortly for Peru (2018). The chance to travel with other young people and take advantage of the access to hands-on, immersive learning is priceless.”

Scholarships

“I am fortunate to have received the Rudd Academic Excellence Scholarship through the Lincoln Presidential Scholarship competition. This award means everything to me. Having tuition payments covered has allowed me to pursue meaningful opportunities like private music lessons, Greek life, and J-Term trips. As a recipient, I also participate in the selection process for future Carthage students competing for Lincoln scholarships. I love helping with interviews every February; it is such a great chance to feel like part of the Carthage community.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I have endless favorite Carthage memories. From the simple excitement of finding a class that actually feels personally relevant, to meeting my best friends in my sisterhood, to waking up on the other side of the world, ready to explore, there’s nothing like the Carthage experience.”

Favorite spot on campus

“I will miss the lake SO MUCH when I graduate this spring! My favorite spot on campus is Kissing Rock, where the landscape falls off into the lake that stretches forever, melting into the horizon. I was pretty freaked out by this as a Freshman, and could not get used to the fact that it looks like we live on the edge of the Earth.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise so far is how much I am going to miss Carthage. I wandered onto campus knowing almost no one, and now I can’t imagine life without having my best friends living only a building or two away. One of the best advantages of a small college is the strong sense of community. When crazy things happen, everyone knows about it, and it feels like the whole school has inside jokes, even though we might not know each other’s names.”

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

“Eight-year-old Maggie thought she wanted to be a brain surgeon, so she might be a little confused by my choices to get an interdisciplinary Liberal Arts degree and become a lawyer. That said, I think I would make my childhood self pretty excited if I told her that some day I would travel the world, have 40+ sisters, and live in such a beautiful place.”

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

“IPE is the perfect combination of policy, economics, and international relations. This is the best program for gaining an understanding of how global relationships are made and broken. IPE provides students with insight on the impact government actors have on individuals, and the impact individuals have on governments”

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage for its beautiful location, extensive merit financial aid opportunities, and the low student-faculty ratio. Being able to seek support directly from professors was very important to me, and I am so glad that I was able to take advantage of this.”