Meet The Majors

Majors 2015

CoriWixonCorina Wixon (’15) is an Economics major and entrepreneurship minor. She hopes to pursue a career in analytics and big data, specifically within the healthcare industry. Corina first realized how much she enjoyed economics when she learned how it explained many of the decisions in the daily marketplace. The passion of the Economic department’s faculty has only encouraged this interest further. Corina has been involved in many organizations around campus, including organizing a prom dress drive with local high schools.

JordanGarside2Jordan Garside an Economics and Religion double major with a minor in History. I decided to major in Economics after I took Econ 150 with Professor McFall. He not only made the material enjoyable and easy to understand, but he also helped me see the value of an education in Economics. A deeper understanding of Econ has enabled me to better understand the world around me – whether it be complex policies issues or simply just trying to understand human decision-making. In retrospect, I am confident that I could not have chosen a better subject to study, and the primary reason for that is the great faculty that comprise the Econ Department. When I am not studying, I am most likely doing some activity related to football. Being a student-athlete has made my experience at Wake unbelievably rewarding, and I am extremely thankful to have had that opportunity. Upon leaving Wake, I plan on entering a dual degree program to earn a MPP (Master of Public Policy) and a J.D. (Juris Doctor). For my career, I anticipate myself entering into public service or working for a non-profit organization, and given these career aspirations, I am confident that my degree in Econ will prove to be invaluable.

 

Katie HerronKatie Herron (’15) is a double major in economics and psychology who hopes to either go into consulting or the business behind the sustainable food industry after graduation. She first became interested in economics after taking Professor McFall’s intro course, and her Macroeconomics course with Professor Dalton and American Economic Development course with Professor MacDonald have solidified her love for the subject and appreciation for the supportive and inspiring faculty. Katie hopes to either pursue a graduate degree in economics or business, hopefully in her home state of California. She studied abroad in India the summer before her junior year, and serves as philanthropy chair for her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. 

 

KelseyMullinKelsey Mullin (’15) is a double major in economics and Spanish. She first became interested in economics while taking Dr. Whaples’ Introduction to Econ class and realized she actually looked forward to taking the daily quizzes. She found economics to be extremely useful because you can use it to understand so many interesting topics in the US and around the world: health care, education, law, etc. Kelsey studied abroad last semester in Salamanca, Spain where she worked in a preschool teaching a little bit of English to 4-year-olds, and doing a lot of arts and crafts. On campus she is involved in Students for Education Reform. She is interested in studying global education or going into education policy after graduation.

 

LizEmanuelLiz Emanuel (’15) is a double major in economics and politics and international affairs.  She discovered her passion for economics in high school, and declared it as her primary major after taking Introduction to Economics with Dr. Murdock and Intermediate Micro I with Dr. Claire Hammond.  She has found the faculty in the Economics Department to be not only extremely talented and well-established within the field, but also very helpful and supportive as a body of mentors.  Liz is also a member of the Women’s Club Soccer Team, Delta Zeta Sorority, the Executive Council for American Enterprise Institute on Campus, Golden Key Honor Society, Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, and Soup Moms of South Africa.  She participated in the WAKE Washington program, studied abroad in London, and hopes to pursue a career in economic public policy in Washington, D.C upon graduation.

 

samshermanSam Sherman (’15) is a double major in Mathematical Economics and Spanish. Prior to matriculating to Wake, Sam had conceived of economics as a quantitatively rigorous way to dissect complex societal issues. As a student, he was dazzled by Dr. Frederick Chen’s Game Theory class, which proved to be a stimulating primer on the power of economic thought. Over the past two years, he has been fortunate to work with Dr. Chen and Dr. Amanda Griffith on a project which examines decision-making under uncertainty from both a theoretical and empirical perspective. During the summer of 2013, he worked closely with Dr. Griffith investigating experimental data while writing computer code to better facilitate statistical analysis. Getting a first-hand glimpse into life as an economist has motivated Sam to pursue graduate school in an economics-related field. Although he is unsure of exactly where his life’s path will lead him, he is immensely grateful for the tremendous opportunity afforded him by his two mentors, Dr.’s Chen and Griffith, and for the innumerable resources made available to him by the Economics Department at Wake.

 

Amanda FierleAmanda Fierle (’15) is an Economics major with a minor in Psychology.  She first became interested in Economics after taking Introduction to Economics with Professor McFall her freshman year.  While taking Applied Econometrics, she conducted a research paper in which she identified a model that best predicted the likelihood of achieving success as a wide receiver in the N.F.L.  This research paper was the capstone to the class and is what first sparked her interest in sports analytics.  At Wake, Amanda is a co-founder and member of the Sports Analytics Club, Lacrosse Club member, and Students Helping Honduras.  She studied abroad in Vienna, Austria where she was able to study the language and culture.  After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in sports analytics, working for an N.F.L. team.

Majors 2016

AdamYudelman2Adam Yudelman (’16) is mathematical economics major with a minor in computer science. His interest in economics originates from a First Year Seminar class named Economics in Sports, taught be Dr. Todd McFall, for it bridged Adam’s passions of sports and analysis. Adam is grateful for finding an economics department that encourages him to work outside the classroom and learn beyond the textbook. When not watching or playing sports, Adam is a founding member of the Wake Forest Sports Analytics club, a brother of the Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity, and mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winston-Salem. After graduation, Adam hopes to take his talents to graduate school before pursuing a career in professional sports management. 

 

Annie HullAnnie Hull (’16) is an Economics major and a sociology minor.  Annie discovered economics in Professor McFall’s “Intro to Economics” class and by the end of the semester knew that she had found her major.  She is fascinated and challenged by how what she learns inside the classroom is applied outside it.  She thinks Economics is fun and is excited about spending the next two years learning from the supportive professors she has met since declaring her major.  On campus Annie is a member of Chi Omega sorority, is a Make A Wish Wish Grantor and is involved with Students Helping Honduras. 

 

LaurenFormica2Lauren Formica (’16) is an economics major with minors in International Studies, Environmental Studies, and Global Trade and Commerce. She fell in love with the subject after taking her introductory economics class in the fall of her freshman year. After becoming hooked on the material, she pursued two independent studies with two professors which centered on historical economics. She declared her major early because she so enjoyed the fantastic faculty who went out of their way to help her pursue her goals, the engaging material and the applicability of the subject to all aspects of life. She is currently studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark and will travel to Nepal this summer in order to pursue economic research.  Lauren is a founding member of the Society of Economics Students and will serve as the President next year. She also serves on the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism Student Advisory Council. During her time at Wake Forest, she has become active in service through the Forsyth Humane Society in Winston-Salem, the Volunteer Service Corps, and Leadership Laureates. In the future, she hopes to work for a think tank as well as pursue a graduate degree.  

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