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His future plans may have changed, but his new course is well defined: “I am going to join the military as a linguist, then go on to do a program at the University of Minnesota for the Peace Corps and get a master’s degree in public policy, followed by working for the state as a translator or diplomat,” Elliot said.
His religion major also allowed him to take full advantage of Carthage’s liberal arts tradition. “I have gotten to know so many people and have come to the realization that we all want the same things: sustenance, shelter, safety, and to feel cared about,” he said.
Elliot particularly likes the Religion Department’s small size and the many different views and perspectives students bring to class. “It’s a great group and you can openly exchange ideas.”
He has traveled abroad for study twice. He traveled to Southwestern Turkey for the J-Term course Divine Design. Recently, he traveled to Omrit, Israel, for the College’s archaeology study tour with Prof. Daniel Schowalter. “This gave me the opportunity to work every day, learn, and have fun,” Elliot said. “We got to travel around Palestine and the Golan Heights. The Hula Valley, where the site is located, is magnificent in both archaeological material and beauty.”
After the Omrit trip, Elliot stayed in the Middle East, traveling to Jerusalem and Turkey. In Turkey, he participated in an international research program at the Crisler Library. “I made friends that I will have for the rest of my life,” he said.
“To join the military as a linguist, then go on to do a program at the University of Minnesota for the Peace Corps and get a master’s degree in public policy, followed by working for the state as a translator or diplomat.”
“It was a community effort to get me to where I am now. Every professor I have had has, in one way or another, contributed to who I am now.”
“Medical Ethnobotany, Islamic Mysticism, or Divine Design.”
“Philosophical Foundations of Political Economics.”
“I am vice president of Quidditch Club, a senior reporter for The Current, a Religion Fellow, a member of Merely Players, and a member of the Ultimate Frisbee Club.”
Favorite moments at Carthage
“It has gone by so quickly. It feels as though I blinked and then I was done. I loved all of it.”
Biggest surprise so far?
“I ended up being a religion major, after beginning as an IPE major.”
Advice for other students considering your major
“Keep your mind open and study different perspectives.”