Levi Latoz

Class Year

’20

Hometown

Georgetown, Illinois

Major(s)

International Political Economy

“Whether it be through a major, minor, or just a few classes within the field, all who pass through IPE will gain a better understanding of both themselves and the world they live in.”

Levi Latoz, ’20

Career goal

“Since entering into the field of international political economy, my attention has been drawn towards societies in the east. My hope is to work in some capacity in correspondence with individuals, businesses, or governments interested in interacting properly with the societies of Southeast Asia.”

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

Professor Yuri Maltsev has greatly impacted my transition into the field of IPE. Thanks to his expansive knowledge and personal involvement within the field of economics, Professor Maltsev provides students the opportunity to view economics through a unique perspective. I am thankful for Professor Maltsev’s continued interest in the success of his pupils, and his willingness to assist students such as myself in their development as scholars.”

Favorite class

Intro to Aviation: During my freshman year J-Term, Carthage offered this unique course, which allowed myself and fellow peers to take the initial steps in obtaining a pilot’s license. Professor Walter Smith’s enthusiasm for the subject makes the learning process much easier and enjoyable for all students.”

“Silk Road Religions: Professor Susan Ramsey’s class on the religions of the Silk Road initially was nothing more than myself fulfilling my religion requirements. After just a few sessions, I found myself completely absorbed with societies within the Silk Road regions. Thanks to the flexibility of the class, I was able to thoroughly research into the topics which most appealed to me, sparking my interest in eastern societal affairs.”

Campus involvement

Model United Nations, Member: Model UN has been transformative in allowing its members to represent the perspectives of other countries. This ability to represent other countries of the world has widened my perspective of global affairs today. It has given students purpose in taking the time to try and understand the unique cultures of the modern world.”

Toughest class

Western Heritage: Carthage’s Western Heritage requirement is both one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences available to students. My opportunity to study Western Heritage under the guidance of Professor Annette Duncan accurately taught me how to approach and surpass the higher expectations which come with college studies.”

Internships or on-campus employment

Campus Election Engagement Project Fellowship: During the fall semester of my junior year, I have had the opportunity of holding the CEEP fellowship position. With this position, I have been tasked with educating and encouraging Carthaginians on how and why they should exercise their right to vote.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“Resident Assistant: Currently speaking (2018-19), I have had the opportunity of holding a RA position for 2 years. My experience as a resident assistant has provided me the opportunity to handle responsibilities, operate under unique working conditions, and build and maintain friendships which span far past the end of an academic year. The resident assistant position has been pivotal in my progression as both a young adult and a student.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Remembering to appreciate the little things, such as the lakeside walks to class every morning, will always be a memory of Carthage to me. Waking up early at least once to catch the sunrise is a must during your years spent at Carthage.”

Favorite spot on campus

“The recent addition of red chairs dispersed across campus has provided many stunning views around campus. Either side of the 7th floor of the Tower offers the ‘pinnacle of views’, regardless of whether you want to look out over campus or the shoreline.”

Biggest surprise so far

“How welcoming the professors and faculty members are in regards to interacting with and forming relationships with students was my biggest surprise.”

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

“8-year-old Levi would be devastated at the thought of never receiving his Hogwarts letter, but would view the prospect of having an international influence quite ‘magical’.”

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

“By introducing its students to the foundations of human thought, those who study IPE are able to construct their own world views. Whether it be through a major, minor, or just a few classes within the field, all who pass through IPE will gain a better understanding of both themselves and the world they live in. Do not be afraid of new ideas. You never know what might draw your attention.”

Why Carthage?

“I had no knowledge of Carthage entering in to the final semester of my high school years. Arriving on campus in the midst of a snowy January winter and first glimpsing the breathtaking campus is a memory I will not soon forget. After discovering the seemingly endless opportunities Carthage had to offer, my decision was made.”