Cody Carlson


Cody Carlson

What inspired you to become an economics major?

In my senior year of high school, I took an introductory economics course offered by a local college. The course was a breakthrough for me. It gave me a look into how the monetary world works, and I loved it. After that course, I knew I wanted to be an economics major.

What advice do you have for students considering a major in economics?

In any economics class, you will encounter numerous equations that attempt to describe everything from consumer behavior to the effects of natural resources on the growth of an economy. Take the time to understand what each variable represents and why it affects the equation. If you just remember the equations you will pass the test, but you will miss out on the understanding of what the equation means in the real world. What economics does in the real world is what is exciting, not the writing on paper.

How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?

I intend to go on to graduate school. From there I plan on doing economic data analysis for the Federal Reserve, any other government organization, or a firm that wants my specific skill set.

What has been the highlight of your time at CSB/SJU?

The highlight of my time at CSB/SJU has been time spent with friends: watching French movies with English subtitles, going to dances, and heading over to the Sexton dining facilities after the 9 p.m. Sunday mass.

What has been the biggest challenge that you have had to overcome?

The biggest challenge I have had to overcome is my busy schedule. As well as being an economics major I am also pursuing a major in mathematics. With this I intend to graduate with honors, study abroad, and still graduate in four years.

Are you involved in any other activities or clubs at CSB/SJU?

I have participated in art club and math club. My best memory from math club would be learning about the four color mapping theorem while frosting donuts. Albeit, I probably enjoyed eating donuts more than the mapping theorem. Additionally, I am in the men's chorus. Men's chorus is technically a class not a club, but I enjoy it enough that it might as well be a club.