Parker Malarkey, SFS’19, International Economics

Parker Malarkey
Manchester, MA
SFS Class of 2019
Major: IECO – International Economics


Why did you choose to apply to the SFS at Georgetown?

I chose to apply to the SFS because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study, but I knew that I wanted a global perspective and saw the opportunities offered at the SFS such as Map of the Modern World as offering the perfect lens through which I could grow and develop academically and professionally.

Why did you choose your major? What are you focusing on within STIA?

I chose International Economics in large part due to taking International Trade with Professor Wilbur my Sophomore year. Fascinated with understanding the macro flows of goods and services in the world economy, I was hooked by this class. I also knew that I wanted to develop my quantitative skills and IECO has given me the platform to do that through classes such as Econometrics while also allowing me to develop my interest in understanding the complexities of the global economy through the major subfield of International Finance and Commerce.

Which Proseminar did you take freshman year? What has been your favorite class within your major so far?

My proseminar was called the Middle East 100 Years Ago with Professor Aksakal and focused on the decline of the Ottoman Empire. This was one of the most interesting classes that I’ve taken so far at Georgetown. The small size gave our class the opportunity to bond, and the subject material provided a fascinating examination of an arena of history that I haven’t studied. Within my major, Economics of Sports has been my favorite class. As a proud Boston sports fan, I have relished the opportunity to utilize the tools I developed in Intermediate Microeconomics and Econometrics to answer pressing questions such as whether or not players and coaches optimize during games or what are the implications for cities of doling out subsidies to sports stadiums.

Have you studied abroad? How will this experience fit into your interests and requirements within your major? What languages are you pursuing during your time here and how does that language study enhance your major?

As an RA, I haven’t had the opportunity to study abroad, but I am minoring in Chinese. Coming to Georgetown I had scant experience in the language, but the small class sizes and comprehensive instruction has provided me with the perfect forum to grow and develop my language skills. I see learning Chinese as a way to study and attempt to understand a country that is one of the biggest players in the International Financial system. To truly understand a system, one must understand its parts and learning Chinese is an avenue for understanding a country that constitutes one of the largest components of the system that is the international economy.

What organizations or activities are you involved in on campus? What makes these activities meaningful to you?

I am involved with several clubs focused on social entrepreneurship at Georgetown. Working as a consultant at Innovo Consulting, I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the most exciting entrepreneurs in the D.C. area and as a mentor for the Compass Fellowship I was able to share my love of entrepreneurship and sustainable business with 15 first year students. I am also a trustee of the 1634 society, a dancer in Rangila, speaker liaison for the Carroll Round International Economics Conference and an RA in Reynolds Hall. Each and every one of these experiences has been meaningful to me because they have nurtured my sense of community. Innovo and Compass developed my relationship with the wider D.C community, Rangila and 1634 have nourished my sense of community within Georgetown, and being an RA has given me the platform to develop the community of my floor and residence hall.

What are your future career goals and aspirations, and how does your major fit into your plans for the future?

I don’t know where my career will lead, but I do know I want to work at the intersection on the private and public sectors on projects that have an international scope. Whether this takes me into government or the ranks of a Fortune 500 remains to be seen. I trust that if I follow my nose, am inquisitive, and continue meeting cool people that are way smarter than me, it’ll all work out.

What advice do you have for current or future BSFS students trying to determine their major?

Talk to the deans! They are the greatest resource and can explain the subtleties differentiating each of the majors. Pro tip: make sure to ask Dean Kaneda about his snowball metaphor.