What inspired you to become an economics major?
My dad was the first one who encouraged me to try economics. I had Professor Johnston as my Introductory Economics teacher, and he made the subject so interesting and relevant to daily life that I really wanted to pursue it as a major.
What advice do you have for students considering a major in economics?
This is really applicable to all majors, but I think it is the most important element of college: find an area you are really interested in and pursue it. You are spending a lot of time and money attending this college, and you should find something that you are passionate about and want to do for the rest of your life. There are many different branches of economics and many different jobs you can pursue after graduation, so it is likely that you will be able to find one that interests you. Make sure to choose a branch that you can enjoy until you retire.
How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?
I don't really know what I want to do after graduation yet. I haven't decided if I want to attend grad school or find a job with real-life economic applications.
What has been the highlight of your time at CSB/SJU?
I play volleyball at CSB, and my involvement with that has been the most rewarding experience. I love my teammates and the thrill of competition. It is wonderful to represent my school athletically while still receiving an excellent education.
What has been the biggest challenge that you have had to overcome?
This may sound cliché, but I think time management is one of the most important life skills and one of the most difficult things to manage. Just when you think you have it down, you add another commitment and then you have to figure out how to balance everything all over again. Understanding how to balance good grades, athletics, a campus job, involvement in organizations, and a social life without stressing yourself out too much is the key to a happy college experience and a healthy life.
Are you involved in any other activities or clubs at CSB/SJU?
As I mentioned above, I participate in volleyball at the College of Saint Benedict. I am also on the executive board for S.A.A.C., a student-athlete committee.