Loyola University Chicago

College of Arts & Sciences

Zachary Ludwig

See how a Loyola degree helped them stand out, succeed

In today's economy, recent college graduates face fierce competition for jobs and positions in graduate and professional schools. Here are six members of Loyola's Class of 2017 who definitely stand out from the crowd.

Lead Photo

See how a Loyola degree helped them stand out, succeed

Zachary Ludwig

Major: Religious studies
Post-graduate plans: Pursuing a master's in religious studies

Talk a little about your post-graduation plans and what you’ll be doing.
I am going into grad school to get my MA in religious studies. I’ve been accepted to Hawai’i and the University of Chicago. I’m going to focus mostly on Chinese religion, looking at the intersection between three native traditions: Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism.

You won the Albert Clark Award this year. Tell me about what helped you accomplish that?
I often feel bad when people congratulate me on it, because I really feel like it was a team effort, so I almost feel bad taking all the honor from it. Professors and friends and faculty from the theology department really encouraged me along the way.

How did Loyola prepare you for your plans?
What part can’t I thank really? It’s the values of university for one. I was amazed just by how holistic and inclusive the Jesuit values are. I felt that it’s really helped me understand myself in a better way, as well as understand my place in the community and in the world. It’s a dedication that I’m not sure how common it is in other places. At Loyola, it seems like a whole different world.

Any advice for students who will be graduating next year?
I would say always remember the core values that we were taught here. There’s statements that seem cliché and kitschy, like “Set the world on fire,” but I think they really have a meaning. So if you hold the meaning to your heart and to the world, I think only good can come of that.