Lydia Revier artwork

I have an obligation to make things better

By Alexa Ganzeveld ’22

Lydia Revier ’21 of Owatonna, Minnesota, was able to connect her interests in international relations and graphic design to create the optimal combination of majors.

Revier came to Wartburg exploring her major options, split between her interests in social sciences and the arts.

“I always had a conflict where I really like making things and I know I’m good at it, but at the same time, I felt really compelled to learn about the world beyond the United States and felt like I had some obligation to make things better,” Revier said.

By majoring in international relations and graphic design, Revier was able to pursue both of her passions and work to build meaningful relationships with others.

“International relations and graphic design are both all about relationships and value. Graphic design is a tool to create a connection with the viewer and communicate a message. Similarly, if you don’t understand what’s valuable to another nation or culture and how that effects relationships between groups, you are going to have a hard time fostering diplomacy, improving health care, helping the environment, and so on. Everything is about perceived value, which forms a relationship,” Revier said.

Revier’s favorite international relations class was Developing Worlds, a course examining the interrelation between governmental policies and economic, political, military, social, and cultural factors. Her favorite graphic design course was Advanced Design Projects, where students used graphic and web design to create materials for a brand or company of their creation.

Lydia Revier

On campus, Revier is involved in Duh-Versity Knights Hip Hop Dance Team, Psalm 149 dance group, Kammerstreicher, Player’s Theater, and Knight Vision News. Her experiences in the classroom and in her co-curricular activities have given her the flexibility and freedom to apply her passions to an array of areas.

At Wartburg, art and graphic design seniors are required to create an exhibit to showcase their skills and how they have grown throughout their college career. Revier’s exhibit used digital art to combine her interests in international relations and passion for design.

“I took scenes from mythology that are very archetypical things, like fighting dragons or hydrates that appear in multiple cultures, and overlayed them with text about political fiction. I want to make people think about how escapism and apathy or how the mythologies invented about politics affect how they react to the world,” Revier said. For more information about the Senior Art Exhibit, visit

After graduation, Revier will pursue a career in graphic design in the Midwest.