Ana Lopez '19

Ana Lopez '19

Majors: Philosophy and Political Science

Why did you choose to study philosophy and political science?

I have always been a curious person. I tend to reflect a lot. I love to think critically and learn new things. I also have a passion for getting involved in the world and taking action in my community. I think that’s where philosophy and political science connect very well.

How do you think Luther's philosophy major stands out among other colleges?

What’s unique about Luther’s Philosophy Department is the faculty. Although it’s not a large department, each one of the faculty members is inspiring and interesting. A classroom environment becomes exceptional when you have the privilege to learn from people who truly love what they do and are passionate about it. I think this is especially true of our philosophy professors.

Has the program challenged you?

I’m challenged every single day, but that’s what I love about it! By definition, philosophy, the love of wisdom, requires a lot of thought. Looking at the original works of philosophers to understand their ideas has been challenging but also very enriching. It opens a door to their life, their thinking, their context, and the way they understand the world.

What do you hope to do with your degree after graduation?

I am not sure yet, but I am considering applying to law school. I have also considered staying in academia and becoming a professor in one of my majors.

What do you like best about Luther’s campus life?

I am from Mexico and I attended high school in India, but I am most comfortable in smaller learning environments. I like how close the Luther community is. It’s a small campus so there’s time to get to know people and see familiar faces everyday. I love that I’m able to work on campus too. I also like that although one could say that Decorah is quite isolated, there are all types of events happening on campus.

How do you usually get involved in the Decorah community?

I enjoy walking downtown, attending the farmer’s market, and going to the movies. I think Decorah is a very friendly environment for international students like me.

What is one class that you would recommend all students take?

I would recommend any introductory philosophy class. There are many: political philosophy, environmental philosophy, ethics, and so on. Learning how to ask good questions and reason through them is a valuable skill for any major.