Arianna Stotz

What inspired you to become an economics major?

Truthfully, as I entered college I had no intent in becoming an economics major. I entered college as a declared communications major and took introduction to economics just to see what it was like, since I enjoyed the class in high school. After taking the class, I persuaded myself to try microeconomics with Professor Wheatley. Microeconomics was challenging and I enjoyed how much the class stretched my skillsets so I decided to take it on as a minor. After taking and enjoying additional economics classes, I added an economics major to my management major my junior year.

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

My advice would be to take the risk and major in economics. At first, I was very hesitant committing to the major, but now, I am thankful for my decision. A major in economics is very versatile and gives you enough breadth to really run with it in whichever direction your interests point you.

How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?

After graduation I anticipate working for a company being an analyst where I can look at economic factors, either at the macro or micro level, to help determine profitable courses of actions. After gaining work experience within a large corporation, I hope to find the right time to start my own small business.

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

The highlight of my time here at CSB/SJU, although it is hard to just pick one, would have to be dancing at the halftime Johnnie football game against the University of St. Thomas. Walking onto the field and feeling the energy of the school was electric! Not to mention performing in front of nearly 20,000 fans!

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

One of the biggest challenges I had to overcome was the ability to say no and take time for myself. College is a time to expand and try new things; however, if you say yes to everything, it is really easy to get in over your head. It is important to learn, or figure out, what is the most important to you and realizing that the other stuff does not matter as much.

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

Throughout my time at CSB/SJU I have been involved with the fall dance team, on the CSB Senate as an auditor, a member of Alpha Kappa Sigma Service Sorority where now I am the acting president, a business student in the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program 2012-2013, a campus aerobics instructor, Vice President of OIKOS Economics Honor Society, and a member of the 9th cohort of the  E-Scholars program.