Jack Magnuson

What inspired you to become an economics major?

After taking the introductory course for the major, I soon switched to be an economics major. I found economics to be a challenging but incredibly useful field. I enjoy the combination of mathematical and data aspects as well as theoretical analysis. 

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

I would encourage interested students to take an introductory class in their freshman year to discover areas within the major that interest them. I think it is important to surround yourself with professors and classmates that are interested in economics. I would also suggest that students stay up to date with current events relevant to economics. There are so many aspects to the major, interested students are bound to find something that they have a passion for. 

How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?

After graduation I plan to explore the business world. I plan to use my math minor to compliment the economics major. I think an economics degree is also very applicable and helpful in everyday life.

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

The highlight of my time at CSB/SJU has been the relationships I have made. Students, professors, administrators, and alumni all seem to go out of their way to have a relationship and encourage you during your time at CSB/SJU. This creates an environment that allows students to fully reach their potential and learn about themselves. 

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

A big challenge I faced during my time at CSB/SJU was discovering what topic I had an academic passion for. I came in as a freshman on the Pre-Med track. I switched to math in my first year but eventually took an introductory economics course in my sophomore year. This journey along with completing the major in three years has been the largest challenge for me. 

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

I play in numerous intramural sports, I am a co-host on an on-campus radio show, and I work as a teachers assistant and tutor for the economics department.