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Andrew Igl ’19

Hometown

Oregon, Wisconsin

Major(s)

Japanese

Minor(s)

Business Management and Asian Studies

Favorite spot on campus

“I love being anywhere outside at nighttime, or when it rains.”

If you would have told 8-year-old Andrew Igl that he would be studying Japanese in college, he would have never believed it. However, now at Carthage, Andrew is on that path with the plan to build relationships with Japanese people that will last a lifetime in the future.

“I chose Carthage because I am the recipient of the Japanese Modern Language Scholarship and because the Japanese Department and the Japanese community at Carthage gives me the best advantage in learning the language and culture,” he said.

Along with studying Japanese, Andrew is the vice president of Japanese Club, a leader at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and is on the Eboard for CUMBYA.

Career goal

“Work in Japan or live in Japan. Maybe teach English. Overall, I wish to build relationships with Japanese people that will last a lifetime.”

Favorite professor

“Prof. Wang Sensei and Prof. Ajito Sensei have both had a strong influence in my educational career. They have given me skills and experiences that have helped better my education.”

Favorite class

“Any Japanese class by far. I love being able to practice what I learn in and outside of class.”

Toughest class

Western Heritage I and II (COR 1100) because it was outside many of my interests, but also because it required a lot of dedication to papers on the weekend. However, Western Heritage was a wonderful class to take because it gave me opportunities to express my own faith and learn about other people’s perspectives.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I have been admitted into the KAKEHASHI program, a 10-day business trip to Japan during January.”

Scholarships

“I received the Modern Language Scholarship.”

Campus involvement

“I am the vice president of Japanese Club, a leader at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and I am on the Eboard for CUMBYA.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“Honestly some of the best memories have been hanging with friends in the Japanese Department, including with students who have since graduated. Also, some of my memories from InterVarsity have been life-impacting and have been so very wonderful and have helped me grow stronger in my faith.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“My biggest surprise has been how much I have grown in my faith and experiences during my time here.”

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

“He wouldn’t believe it! That I would study Japanese? No way!”

Advice for other students considering your major

“Be committed! Be involved! You will get the most out of your major that way.”

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