|SFS Class of 2017|
|Major: IECO – International Economics|
|Certificate: International Business Diplomacy|
Why did you choose to apply to the SFS at Georgetown?
I had always aspired to a career in international affairs and the prestige and academic acclaim that Georgetown possesses is unrivaled. Plus, the unique environment of being at the nexus between public, private, and non-governmental organizations in D.C. is a huge draw.
Why did you choose your major? What is your focus within IECO?
Small states are especially vulnerable to global trade agreements and capital flows, and coming from a country whose trade volume is more than triple its GDP, international economics was a natural choice of study. I focus on international finance and commerce in IECO and am taking International Business Diplomacy for my certificate.
Which Proseminar did you take freshman year? What has been your favorite class within your major so far?
I took the Devil in History, which focuses on Nazism and Communism in the early half of the 1900s. My favorite class is International Financial Markets with Professor Bob Cumby. It’s a class that really fits into the international aspect of financial flows, and Professor Cumby equips you with Excel skills that are useful for basic financial modeling.
Have you studied abroad? How did this experience fit into your interests and requirements within your major?
I did a summer program abroad at Yonsei University, South Korea, where I completed Intermediate Microeconomics under Professor Ricard Gil from Johns Hopkins’ Carey Business School. I was really interested in the Northeast Asian region, having grown up speaking Chinese, and learning Japanese since middle school, so I wanted to learn more about the economic exchanges between these countries given their historical animosities.
What organizations or activities are you involved in on campus? What makes these activities meaningful to you?
I was the Director of Finance for the Diplomatic Ball last year, and the Chair of Operating Funds in the Carroll Round and the Captain of Georgetown’s Club Badminton this year. Managing the revenue and expenses and sourcing contracts for venues for the Diplomatic Ball was challenging because of the large scale of the event (~1000 people), but it really honed my event planning and budgetary skills. The Diplomatic Ball itself was a great experience as well because of the excellent networking opportunities students get with distinguished foreign service officers, academics, and experts in the field. The Carroll Round, a conference that promotes undergraduate research in international economics, is especially meaningful because it encourages young students to gain more exposure to applied economic research, and provides resources for students to get a head start on future careers in economics. I helped to create Club Badminton in my sophomore year. It has been a sport where I have been able to cultivate talent, and so I am especially proud of how the club has grown in the past two years.
What are your future career goals and aspirations, and how does your major fit into your plans for the future?
I aspire to work in an international organization such as the World Bank or International Monetary Fund. Being equipped with theoretical knowledge of international economic models and software skills is essential to being able to analyze global trends and interactions between different countries.
What advice do you have for current or future BSFS students trying to determine their major?
Plan your classes in advance, as some majors require a lot of requirements in order to take higher-level classes (especially IPEC and IECO). If you are unsure of what you want to do, it is useful to start taking a wide variety of classes in your first few semesters and complete introductory classes to get a flavor of different fields. This way you won’t realize in your junior year that you have to have completed intermediate microeconomics or intermediate macroeconomics to take higher-level economics classes.