Heather Kaluzniak

What inspired you to become an economics major? 

I think economics teaches a person how to ask good questions.  After taking an introductory course, it seemed like field which combined hard data and artful theory. The idea of a subject with that kind of dichotomy inspired me to major in it.   

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

I would encourage a prospective major to read reliable newspapers and keep an eye out for economic topics that pique her or his interest. Once a student knows what areas she or he likes, it's pretty easy to find relevant classes offered at CSB and SJU. Beyond that, talk with friends, professors, or anyone else who's interested in economics.  

How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?  

I'm planning on going to medical school and becoming a physician. From my experience so far, it seems like knowledge regarding the economics of medicine would be helpful for a well-rounded medical professional to have. One possible application of an economics degree that I've considered is in the area healthcare policy creation and reform.  

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

The highlight of my experience is being a part of a lasting community that fosters intellectual and personal growth. It seems like everyone says this, but it's completely true. There's something intangibly cool about the students and faculty at these two colleges. CSB and SJU cultivate good, smart people.

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

The biggest challenge I've had to overcome here is ACL surgery during my toughest semester. The recovery forced me to put life on hold for a while, but luckily I had support from some understanding professors. Other than that, with my double major, switching from thinking like an economist to thinking like a biochemist is hard sometimes too (but there are some parallels - enzymes operate like the free market).  

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

At CSB/SJU, I play for the soccer team and the lacrosse team. I am also a teaching assistant for the economics and biology departments.