Damariz Posadas

Class Year

’19

Hometown

Chicago, Illinois

Major(s)

Religion, Education

“When I met the Religion Department and became a religion major, my life became infinitely better.”

Damariz Posadas, ’19

Career goal

“I plan to pursue my master’s degree in religion and become a professor of religion.”

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

Professor Andrea Ng’weshemi has been one of the best professors I have had the honor of meeting. He allowed me to have a voice on campus and taught me to have the confidence I needed to achieve my dreams. He is the reason I am in the Religion Department.”

Favorite class

Buddhism is an amazing class taught by Professor James Lochtefeld. There is so much knowledge to be gained from that class and an infinite amount more from Prof. Lochtefeld himself. This course is intensive in a way that makes you want to succeed. It reminds everybody of the rigger and joy of learning.”

Campus involvement

“I am part of the Martial Arts Club, and I love it. It serves as my weekly workout and there are amazing people there.”

Toughest class

Jesus Beyond Christianity was the most mind-challenging class I ever had. It forced me to look at my own religion and beliefs and see the negative sides of them. Due to this, I became more open as a person, and I was able to connect better with people of different cultures and beliefs. It was nice to have a conversation about my religion even though at times it could be uncomfortable.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I was able to present at the Celebration of Scholars and have my thesis published.”

Scholarships

“I received an International Student Scholarship and it has changed my life forever. I am eternally grateful to have received it.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“When I met the Religion Department faculty members and became a religion major, my life became infinitely better.”

Favorite spot on campus

“I have a secret place on campus that is beautifully surrounded by trees and flowers.”

Biggest surprise so far

“My biggest surprise was being able to choose my own path and the support my department gave to me. I was happy to know that I am not alone and that all my professors truly wanted me to succeed.”

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

“My 8-year-old self would be proud of me, confused, but proud.”

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

“The advice I would give would be to just do it. There is nothing wrong with trying new things or discovering different paths. It is part of life. We are still young so that means we are at the perfect age to start new things, experience new sensations, and to grow while learning more about ourselves.

Religion is an amazing major. You learn so much about yourself and other cultures/religions around the world you might not have even known existed. There is always something to learn and the skills you achieve by doing this major end up helping you land good jobs and connections. My writing skills improved greatly as well as my analyzation and reading skills.”

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because I wanted individualized attention when it came to my education. I didn’t want to be one student in one hundred. It worked out splendidly because I was able to develop close relationships with my professors, which I will forever cherish.”