What inspired you to become an economics major?
My cousin was an economics major and encouraged me to try an introductory economics course my freshman year. I liked working with numbers and economics gave me an opportunity to understand and interpret what data reveals at a deeper level. In addition, I was interested in learning how decisions influence our society and economy. After researching the major, I shortly realized that a degree in economics opened many doors to various types of work, like policy, insurance, data analysis, finance, and education in a variety of industries and settings.
What advice do you have for students considering a major in economics?
Connect with past economics majors to find possibilities along with what additional minors or courses aided them in their careers. Take a variety of economics classes to help discover your particular area of interest. Go to career events and connect with alumni who can share their experiences. Get to know your classmates, as these connections can lead to friendships, along with potentially helping with current coursework and in job searches and careers down the line. Take advantage of clubs and opportunities available on campus. Internships can be a great start if you work hard, learn as much as you can, and build relationships. Each step and person along the way can lead to the next opportunity. I called countless alumnae and board members, at all levels on the career ladder and in various industries, to ask questions and solicit advice. Their words inspired me and offered important lessons.
How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?
Currently, I am a financial analyst at Dorsey and Whitney, a law firm located in downtown Minneapolis. I have been a financial analyst for about 2 years and have enjoyed the area of finance. I have gained an understanding of the law industry and learned a lot about high functioning teams and managers. I interact with teams of lawyers regarding rate setting and financial reporting. My job is challenging but rewarding when I consider the difficulty of the job and the fact I was sitting in college classrooms just a few short years ago.
What has been the highlight of your time at CSB/SJU?
The highlight of my time at CSB/SJU were the people I met and the relationships I formed with fellow students and staff. The encouragement I received through the economics department was vital, as it motivated me and helped me believe that I had what it took to succeed in this field. For women, this is particularly important, especially in a male dominated field. It is important that women encourage and build each other up as economics is a fascinating major and their voices are needed in solving problems, setting policies, and analyzing data.
What has been the biggest challenge that you have had to overcome?
Frankly, as a female in male dominated math and economics classes, I needed to build my self-confidence and find my voice. I am continuing to build self-confidence in my professional career, as I am a young female in a law firm with highly educated, successful professionals. I continue to work very hard to prove to myself that I belong. In speaking with CSB alumnae mentors, I have learned that confidence comes with time and experience and I should continue to use my voice.
Are/were you involved in any other activities or clubs at CSB/SJU?
I was involved in many groups and activities during my years at CSB/SJU. I was a part of the Omicron Kappa Sigma Economics Honor Society, Economics Club, Women in Economics Club, Econ in English, Benedictine and Friends, and intramural sports. In addition, I was a tutor and teaching assistant for the Economics Department for 2 years. I made connections and built invaluable relationships with the department staff and fellow students through my years at CSB/SJU. I am currently involved with the Bennie Mentorship Program.