September 18, 2012
What inspired you to become an economics major?
Beginning as an accounting major, my goal had been to find a practical, less abstract use for my interest in mathematics. In economics I found both that and a field of study that allows me an unending array of areas in which to work. Economic principles manifest themselves in everything we do, so the economics major, allowing a student to take a base set of tools and apply them to any field or interest to draw new conclusions, was the easiest choice I have made at college.
What advice do you have for students considering a major in economics?
Do it. While everyone has a different concern from the math — to questions about the exact ideas they will be studying — to male to female ratios in the major, the challenge of attempting to find patterns and principles that shape individual interactions, peoples, nations, and our world as a whole sounds like fun to me.
How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?
I plan to continue my education to either the masters or doctorate level in economics.
What has been the highlight of your time at CSB/SJU?
While my time in the classroom has been incredibly enjoyable and taught me both knowledge and skills I will use for the rest of my life, I have developed very deep relationships and shared countless memories and moments in my first three years with the SJU Lacrosse team. The time spent together over trips and three long seasons, with runs to the National Quarterfinals in each, have been the experiences that stand out when looking back at my time in Collegeville.
What has been the biggest challenge that you have had to overcome?
The biggest challenge that I have had to overcome has been one of course selection. Economics seems to have as many areas of study as a liberal arts institution itself. As a result, there were always more classes that I wanted to take than I could. You're always deciding whether you want to learn a new tool or learn to apply a tool you already have to a new area.
Are you involved in any other activities or clubs at CSB/SJU?
I am a second-year captain and treasurer for the Saint John's Lacrosse Club. I also work 10-12 hours a week as a writing tutor at the CSB/SJU Writing Centers.