I chose to become an economics major because I wanted to have a better understanding about the events going on around the country and the decision-making behind them. Economics looks at issues and behaviors across the world, within the country, and even locally at individual consumers. While I get asked a lot if economics is all about mathematics and numbers, I have to explain how there is so much more to it and how critical thinking is such a big aspect. Economics is challenging, yet intriguing and always raises new questions. It pushes me to accept that not all answers and solutions are clear cut and it really helps me consider all different sides of a problem.
My advice for students considering an economics degree would be to take some economic classes. It’s really the best way to see if the subject area is what interests you. I switched into this major after taking the introduction to Economics class. Also, reach out to current economic majors. Many people would gladly discuss why they chose to be economics majors. Career Services is also an excellent resource on campus that helped me with the process of deciding a major.
While I do not currently have a direct path set up for after graduation, I believe that the analytical and problem solving skills from my economics degree will be useful in a variety of positions. Whatever I find myself doing in the future, I hope to be making meaningful impacts on the community around me.
It’s hard to name just one highlight of my experience at CSB/SJU. It’s really a combination of different aspects that have made my journey what it was. The people around are awesome; I have found some great friends, and also met many people who have pushed me to grow as a person and student. The small class sizes are a huge benefit. It’s really something special when professors know me by name. Overall, my time at St. Ben’s has been a very rewarding experience.
My biggest challenge throughout college has been getting out of my comfort zone. While I say it’s a challenge, it has also come with some of the biggest rewards. Whether it’s taking initiative on a project in one of my activities, public speaking, or looking at issues in a new perspective, the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University has helped me reach new levels of growth that I didn’t always know were possible.
I am a co-chair for the Women in Economics Initiative (which is another great group to reach out to if you are considering or beginning a major in economics) and this organization provides mentorship and discussion for women in the economics major. I am also in the Bonner Leader Program on campus which is a service leadership scholarship that works with on-campus organizations and partners in the community to help with events and create discussion centered around social justice.