Madeline Anderson

Class Year



Napa, California


International Political Economy, Political Science

“These past two years have been utterly unreal. I have loved the people, gained crucial new learning tools, and just overall learned so much. I’m surprised and happy that I found a home here at Carthage.”

Madeline Anderson, ’20

Career goal

“After graduation, I hope to further my education. Right now I am looking at both a graduate degree in the field of international economy as well as law school. I haven’t decided which one to tackle first but because of my foundation from Carthage, I am excited and up for the challenge.”

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

“Two specific professors have had a significant impact on my Carthage career; Professor Arthur Cyr and Professor Jeffrey Roberg. I may push both of their buttons in class, but without them, I would not have the passion and desire for my majors that I do now.”

Favorite class

Intro to International Relations (POL 1050) was my first major class as a freshman. This class just added to my excitement about the international stage.”

Campus involvement

“I am involved in Greek life by being a member of the co-ed social fraternity Tau Sigma Chi. I am also apart of the Model United Nations.”

Toughest class

Intro to International Relations (POL 1050). It was extremely challenging, but I took so much out of that class.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“This past summer I got to be involved in a State Representative Campaign in northern Illinois. I got to understand all the significant parts and mechanics of what it takes to make a successful campaign happen. It was an area of political science I hadn’t explored before, and the experience was insightful and fun!”

“I also am lucky enough to have an internship on campus during the school year with the Alumni Association. This experience has been amazing! I get to work directly with alumni, gain a deep understanding of the history of Carthage, and work with great people.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“In my past two years at Carthage, I got the opportunity to go on two J-Term trips. The first was to the island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean to study Caribbean culture and history. The second was to Peru to understand sustainable tourism and women’s rights. I have also been lucky enough to go to two Model United Nation Conferences, one in downtown Chicago and the other in Toronto.”


“I received the California Tarble Family scholarship. Because of this scholarship, I have been able to go to my dream undergrad school and have the college experience I have always wanted.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“One of my favorite Carthage memories was when I was on my Peru J-Term my sophomore year. The class got a free half day in the town of Aguas Calientes. Myself and two other classmates decided to wake up at four in the morning and hike from the base camp of Machu Picchu all the way up to the Sun Gate. Some other favorite Carthage moments include hanging out with my fraternity brothers and sisters.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is Starbucks. It’s hard to have two majors and not be addicted to caffeine.”

Biggest surprise so far

“How much I love it. I always knew that I would like college, at least more than high school. However, these past two years have been utterly unreal. I have loved the people, gained crucial new learning tools, and just overall learned so much. I’m surprised and happy that I found a home here at Carthage.”

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

“I’m not going to lie, my 8-year-old self would be upset that I am not on track to become a dolphin trainer. However, I’m sure she would like the idea that I am studying something regarding traveling and arguing with people.”

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

“Give it a try! A lot of students overlook IPE because they believe that is too specific or sounds complicated, but in reality, it is fascinating and so applicable to the real world. International political economy is a mouthful, but it is also highly adaptable. You get immersed in areas like business, econ, finance, politics, English, philosophy, and much more. Overall it’s versatile, it is fascinating, and if you are considering it even a little, I highly suggest you give it a try.”

Why Carthage?

“Coming from California, this is the number one question I get asked. I chose Carthage because I was looking for a small liberal arts school and wanted an entirely new experience. At first, when I applied I didn’t think this was going to be the place for me; but right as I visited the college, I fell in love with the people, the classes, and the campus. Also, there are no earthquakes, so that’s plus.”