Zawadi Mageni

Class Year



Moshi, Tanzania


Environmental Science (emphasis in Data Analysis) and Geography


Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Zawadi Mageni has been at Carthage for three and a half years now, and she hasn’t wasted a moment. She’s conducted research with Carthage faculty in geography and environmental science. She’s been on two J-Term trips — to India and Arizona — and plans to take the Nicaragua J-Term trip this year. She is also participating in Character Quest, Carthage’s year-long leadership certification program for which she spent a weekend in commando training in August.

And in her spare time? She’s the assistant hall director for the Best Western Hotel, sings in the Gospel Messengers, and is a member of Residence Life Council, the International Friendship SocietyGeography Club, biology honor society Beta Beta Beta, geography honor society Gamma Theta Upsilon, and leadership honorary Omicron Delta Kappa.

“Every single day at Carthage has had its highlight,” says Zawadi, who chose Carthage because she earned a scholarship here and it was the only school she was interested in that offered an Environmental Science Program.

She said the research opportunities afforded to undergraduate students at Carthage is one of the College’s greatest strengths.

“There are so many opportunities to perform research within the department and present it both locally and nationally,” she said. “I participated in the SURE program in the summer of 2009. I worked with Dr. Julio Rivera examining urban real estate in the Milwaukee metropolitan area using GIS. I have also been on two J-Term trips — to Arizona in January 2009 to investigate biodiversity and conservation with digital photography, and to India in January 2010 to study religion and modern society in India.”

She loves having conversations with Carthage professors. “Each one of them has been vital in my growth, both academically and professionally,” she said.

“Every single day at Carthage has had its highlight.”

Zawadi Mageni, ’11

Career goal

“I want to be a researcher.”

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

“Dr. Julio Rivera. He really challenged me to move out of my academic comfort zone and introduced me to research, which I now absolutely love!”

Favorite class

“The Carthage Symposium Introduction to GIS and Business Statistics. That is when my love for research began. The class was so demanding as far as lab work and other assignments, but they were very interesting and relatable. My semester project for the class was the eye-opener for my own potential as a researcher.”

Toughest class

“Environmental Politics. I dislike politics so it was tough to concentrate.”

Favorite spot on campus

“GIS lab (Straz 227) I basically live there. I have spent more time in that room than any other place in my entire life. Literally.”

Biggest surprise so far

“Culture shock. That was a big surprise freshman year. And the change in direction my life has taken. I came into college hoping to pursue a career as an environmental scientist in the field and now I want to pursue a career in research using GIS and spatial analysis. I hope to save lives, one map at a time.”

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

“If you love nature and aren’t sure what you want to do, the Environmental Science Program is bound to expose you to many different aspects of the field that will help you create a future for yourself.”