Pioneer Profile

Mckenzie Lowe '17

Majors: Political Science and Spanish

What made you choose this major?

I became really interested in politics, and the American political system during my junior year of high school. I also knew that I wanted to do something to try and make a difference in the world, while getting to work directly with people. Therefore, I thought political science would be a good fit for me.

How has what you’ve learned prepared you for your future?

My major has helped me better understand the nuts and bolts of government, showing me what pathways I can take to try and initiate any sort of change, whether it be legislative or in another area. It’s challenged me in many ways by forcing me to try and hear other perspectives, even when I may disagree with those people.

What opportunities have you had to work closely with a faculty member and what impact has that had on your education?

Being in small classes has been one of my favorite things about Carroll. It’s allowed me to develop strong relationships with professors like Dr. Lilly Goren, as well as my Spanish professors. They have not only taught me many things, but have acted as mentors for me throughout my college experience. For this I am eternally grateful.

What’s one unique experience you’ve had relating to the coursework for your major?

In political science, it’d have to be the American Presidency class that I took. In the class, we were required to write a research paper on someone from a Presidential administration and I chose HR Haldeman, the former Chief of Staff in the Nixon administration. I found the experience to be fascinating, and learned a lot about the role of the White House Chief of Staff, as well as the details of the scandal(s) within the Nixon administration.

How has Carroll enriched your growth as a person outside of the skills you’re learning in the classroom?

During my time at Carroll, I’ve become involved in two incredible organizations. I’m president of Women’s Equality and Empowerment, a feminist organization on campus. I’m also vice president of The Social Justice League, an organization on campus that advocates for equal rights and protection of the environment. I’m so proud to be a part of these organizations, and I’m glad that Carroll allowed me the time, as well as opportunity to do just that.

Why did you choose to attend Carroll University?

I’m very satisfied with my choice of attending Carroll University. I’ve met some incredible people, learned a lot and feel prepared to enter in to the work force.

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