I study economics for the following reasons:
From my prospective, there is a huge connection between economics and mathematics. We always solve economics problems using mathematic methods. My advice would be: if you are considering an economics major, also take some math courses. It will help a lot. Moreover, writing can be another crucial skill for being an economics major since we have many research projects for certain economics classes.
Based on my summer internship with an investment bank, I would like to pursue a career in the financial industry. However, before getting into investment banking, I am seeking some opportunities in different industries. I want to be a business analyst for different industries and then eventually be an analyst for the investment banking industry.
My Economics 384 project is one of the highlights of my time at CSB/SJU. I did my final thesis during my junior year and I was the only junior in the class.
English was the biggest challenge for me during my first year at CSB/SJU. When I came to Saint John's as a first year international student, my English was not very good. Honestly, I had a very hard time with understanding classes and even doing homework. My first economics class helped me gain confidence on improving English in a significant way. Since I liked my economics class, I studied very hard. In class, I tried to interact with classmates and the professor. I talked a lot in class and improved my English. Also, I changed my personality to be very outgoing and I made many American friends. Making friends is also a very important way to improve my language skills. After the first year, English was never a problem to understanding classes.
I work as an international student mentor and consultant in the International Student Program Office at CSB/SJU. I help plan the orientation for new international students and mentor them. Also, I work as part of a team to plan and implement monthly activities for international students.
I am also the co-founder of a student venture project. We call it experiential education summer leadership camp. We basically try to bring Chinese high school students to the CSB/SJU campuses and give them an experience of American college life.