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Robert Marks '13, Philosophy, Politics and Economics major, Mundelein, Ill.

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Robert Marks

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world, and it is the only graduate school to which Robert Marks applied. “I knew that’s where I wanted to go,” he said. “It was LSE or nothing. Otherwise, I’d be applying for jobs.”

A senior from Mundelein, Ill., Robert is a Philosophy, Politics and Economics major with accomplishments and aspirations worthy of an LSE degree. He has always been drawn to politics, and had planned to go to law school until last summer, when LSE became a distinct possibility.

Robert was president of Carroll’s Pre-Law Society and captained the Mock Trial team for four years, earning All-Region recognition the past two years. He served two years on Student Senate, completed two internships in the legal field and has volunteered with political campaigns in the Chicago area. Additionally, Robert has presented at three Midwest Political Science Association annual meetings. The varied topics have included “Tax Codes for Developing Nations,” “Modern Interpretations of the First Amendment” and “Western Perception of Islam.” A New Cultural Experience Program trip to Germany first opened Robert to the possibility of international study.

“The transition from law school to LSE was not an easy decision,” Robert said. “Politics and pre-law is less focused than what I want to do with my degree. I always have a plan in place.” Currently, that plan includes earning a doctoral degree, entering the workforce, running for public office in Chicago, and eventually, working on policy reformation in Washington, D.C.

The first step is to graduate from Carroll, and then attend LSE to pursue a master’s degree in regulation, a specialized and interdisciplinary study of law, public policy and institutional economics.

Robert said, “I’ve always wanted to make an impact. Getting into this school…a lot of hard work has paid off. I feel accomplished. Everything came together to benefit me.”

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