Andrea Leschewski

Class Year

’11

Hometown

Crest Hill, Ill.

Major(s)

Economics, Mathematics

Andrea Leschewski came to Carthage to study economics because of the small classes, state-of-the-art Clausen Center, and the friendliness of the faculty.

“Professors make themselves available to help students in any way possible,” she said.

After taking Calculus, she decided to add a second major in mathematics. “I realized that I actually enjoyed math. This discovery, along with the strong correlation between math and economics, ultimately influenced my decision to double major.”

Andrea has had many opportunities at Carthage, including becoming a Heritage Fellow, and she hopes to participate in Carthage’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program.

“Currently, Brian Zielinski and I are working on applying to the SURE program with Professor Montanaro,” she said. “We are hoping to work on generative economics, which is the use of computer simulation to further understand economic concepts.”

“The professors at Carthage are extremely welcoming and willing to help you in your decision making process.”

Andrea Leschewski, ’11

Career goal

“To go to graduate school for agricultural economics with the ultimate goal of doing research focused on the food industry.”

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

“I love all of the professors I have had thus far in the Economics Department. Professor McClintock constantly pushed his students to delve deeper into economics through his Socratic method of teaching. Professor Montanaro is great about connecting economics to the real world and using his own experience in the Florida government to help prepare students for their future jobs after graduation.”

She says all the mathematics professors are “amazing at what they do. They present new concepts in a cohesive manner and are always willing to help students outside of the classroom. Also, every year the students at Carthage nominate their best professors to receive the distinguished faculty award; nearly all of the math department has received this honor.”

Favorite class

“One of my favorite classes thus far has been Public Sector Economics with Professor McClintock. In the class, Professor McClintock gave us freedom to choose whatever topic interested us as long as it related back to the concepts we were learning. Because of this freedom, I was able to discover the branch of economics which interests me the most: agricultural economics.”

Toughest class

“Thus far, my favorite — and toughest — class at Carthage has been Intermediate Microeconomics with Prof. Cronovich. While the class was challenging, I found the subject matter intriguing and enjoyed the freedom Prof. Cronovich gave us in choosing our research paper topics. I also feel that I retained most of the knowledge taught in the course due to Professor Cronovich’s diligence in teaching it to us.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Meeting my best friend Angela. We were both freshman trying out for tennis and we had a lot of fun exploring Carthage and Kenosha together during tryouts.” Andrea also traveled to Paris during J-Term her freshman year. “It was an amazing experience in which I was able to immerse myself in another culture and practice my French.”

Favorite spot on campus

The Kibbe Corner in Straz. “I always do my homework or study for exams there.”

Biggest surprise so far

Adding a second major — in math. “After finishing high school, I assumed I was done with math forever, but after taking the calculus sequence at Carthage I really started to enjoy math and decided to major in it.”

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

“If you are considering majoring in math or economics at Carthage, I would recommend visiting campus and meeting with faculty members. The professors at Carthage are extremely welcoming and willing to help you in your decision making process.”