What inspired you to become an economics major?
I've always had a passion for numbers, and after taking an introductory economics course to fulfill my social sciences requirement, I was intrigued with the concept of being able to ask "why" and being able to analyze results. I found a passion for the versatility of the knowledge I knew I would receive.
What advice do you have for students considering a major in economics?
Stick to it. It's an incredibly versatile major that allows for careers in a variety of fields. The analytical tools learned are beneficial to companies and firms and the reasoning capabilities obtained through the major will help you throughout the course of your life.
How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?
I hope to work in a small section of a large company using my microeconomics background to work in finance. I love the analytical aspect of my current position and I plan on continuing my education, even if it's indirectly through experience, to be the best financial analyst I can be.
What has been the highlight of your time at CSB/SJU?
I've loved every semester more than the last, so the highlight of my collegiate career is always changing. I've met so many wonderful people and professors in addition to having a blast with my on-campus clubs and organizations. I've learned a lot about myself, who I want to be, and where I want to go in life, and for that, I will be forever grateful to my Bennies, Johnnies, and CSB/SJU.
What has been the biggest challenge that you have had to overcome?
My biggest challenge was my first semester in college — what a reality check that was! I didn't realize how much work college was compared to high school, and my time-management skills weren't very developed. I had to restructure my study habits and make a quick transition from being coddled in high school to being independent and responsible in college.
Are you involved in any other activities or clubs at CSB/SJU?
I am involved in Joint Events Council on the Contests and Competitions Committee, currently hold the vice presidency of the Economics Club, and hold an on-campus position for an economics professor doing research. I also play intramurals when time allows for it!