Conner Griffin

What inspired you to become an economics major?

My brother had an economics degree from Saint John's and really enjoyed his experience in the major. Additionally, I knew coming in that I wanted a rewarding major that would challenge my skills and eventually get me a position at a large company. After taking various courses in accounting, economics, and management, it was easy for me to decide which route to take. After my first-year intro course with Professor Wheatley, I was happily able to declare economics as my major.

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

Simple... Do it! The major is extremely fun with amazing faculty. Economics is a challenging but extremely rewarding with tons of opportunities. From law school, to economics graduate school, to business, there are endless opportunities. From my perspective, the economics major gives excellent insight to the real business world. This major allows logical and critical thinking to why consumers behave how they do, as well as steps to problem solve in a professional environment.

How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?

This previous summer, I interned as a Business Analyst at Target Corporation. I absolutely loved the experience. I found my economics degree helped with day to day tasks and looking at the bigger picture. I was able to approach the internship project with an analytical mindset and was actually able to apply the tools and theory learned from my undergrad to business projects. On the last day of my internship, I was offered a full-time position as a Business Analyst at Target following graduation which I gladly accepted.

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

My involvement. I have really enjoyed being a part of the cross country and track teams. It has given me exposure to the work-life balance as well as many different majors from my teammates. For general advice for CSB/SJU students, get involved in any way possible. You will never regret it.

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

From an overall college perspective, the most challenging part was time management. I tend to get extremely involved in my athletics, student government, and I am on various committees throughout the school. Balancing those with academics proved to be a challenge at first but had been easily overcome. I am now efficient with my time management and am able to equally balance my involvement with academics without having to miss events.

In the economics major, the most difficult challenge for me was the mathematical concepts. I utilized the math tutors and classmates and was able to get a solid grasp on the calculus involved. Once you get the grasp, it all becomes relative. You are able to see the applications to economics and the real world, which has been absolutely fascinating.

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

I participate on the varsity Cross Country and Track and Field teams for Saint John's. I am also a tour guide for Saint Ben's and I have been active in student government serving as Vice President twice and even spent a year as the student representative to the Board of Trustees at Saint John's University. I spent one year on the CSB/SJU Model: United Nations team and I am also involved in Economics Club and co-chair of the CSB/SJU College Democrats.