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Jake Braun

What inspired you to become an economics major?

I took AP economics in high school and loved it. It has always been important to me that I get exposure to both analytical skills and real world experience, and economics is just that. In addition to the beautiful mathematics that go into creating accurate models, economics students are able to see how those models play out in the real world with current business examples. After trying out intro classes in a few different majors on campus, this is what set me over the edge for economics.

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

Go for it. It can be a challenging major at times, but it is also very rewarding. Economics is a highly respected field that has something for everyone, whether you’re interested in the private sector, government, international trade, or a variety of other areas. I would recommend taking a few classes in the major and meeting with some of the professors if you’re interested!

How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?

Already, economics has helped me to land two internships with Best Buy Corporate. After working in demand planning and demand forecasting there, I’m planning to pursue this type of role at one of the big corporations headquartered in the Twin Cities. Looking further forward, I’ve considered moving toward the corporate finance side of things. The analytical thinking and cooperative skills developed in the econ major are highly regarded in any of these roles and make for strong candidates. 

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

It is challenging to pick just one highlight, but I’d have to go with the community here. I’ve loved being part of such a welcoming, loving group of people. I can’t imagine anywhere else in the world where people are so open with one another, and that network extends to alumni and professors as well. The Johnnie and Bennie network is one of the best in the world and I feel lucky to be a part of it!

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

I had a hard time adjusting to college. I had unbelievably high expectations for how my new life at school would be and didn’t anticipate the challenges that accompany the transition. It took me most of a semester to really fall into place with my friend group and even longer to find my major. I even thought about transferring during my first semester, but I’m so thankful that I didn’t. CSBSJU is an unbelievable place and while it takes a little time to get used to college life, most of my favorite memories have been formed here.

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

I’ve been involved in quite a few activities through the years. I spent a year in men’s chorus, two years with Johnnie Blend, and the entire time playing my own music at events for various campus groups. Additionally, I have been a member of the SJU Conduct and Standards Board since freshman year. I’ve also been a member of the Economics Club since I joined the major. Currently, I’m focused on Noteworthy, a networking club for performers. I was the treasurer last year and am the vice president this year.