Meet The Majors

Majors 2018

Vicky Wu (‘18) is a double major in English and Economics. She’s always been drawn to economic theories and market trends with the conservation and allocation of scarce resources. Her interest was further solidified through Dr. Flanagan’s Intermediate Microeconomics class along with Dr. Richardson’s course on Economic Growth and Development. Her desire to explore diverse economic fields that overlap with the current campus climate led to the development of Women in Economics Club, of which she is now Vice President, and her role as a research assistant on a project that analyzes convicted criminal trials in districts across Minnesota. Vicky is currently a marketing and account management intern in London for Mystery, Ltd, a design agency that specializes in the food and beverage industry. On campus, she is the new member coordinator for Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and the secretary/treasurer for Order of Omega, a Greek honor society.

Shazia Siddiqui (’18) is a Mathematical Economics major with a minor in Psychology. She knew she wanted to pursue a degree in economics after seeing how the subject could explain the intricacies of the world in classes with Dr. Griffith and Dr. Flanagan, and studying math gave her a more concrete understanding of these ideas. Her passion for the subject led her to be a founding member of the Women in Economics Club, of which she is now President. She is also a research assistant on the Jury Sunshine Project, which uses economic theory to understand the jury selection process. On campus, she is the Executive Vice President of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and is a PREPARE facilitator. She is currently in the process of applying to law school.

 

Jack Laughlin (Fall ’17) is an Economics major, German minor. After beginning Wake Forest as a pre-med student, he shifted his focus to economics after an impactful semester abroad in Vienna. Upon his return, Jack started the major with Dr. Whaples, whose teaching, character, and daily quizzes encouraged him to continue learning about global markets. In a combination of his love for living abroad and economics, Jack attended the London School of Economics for the summer of 2016, where he both survived Micro I & Macro I and lived through the Brexit referendum. Currently, Jack is a summer analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co., where he works in Asset Management in New York City. On campus, Jack is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a student carillonneur, and a leader in Dining Dilemmas, a medical ethics discussion seminar.

Thomas Poston (’18) is a double major in Economics and Politics & International Affairs with a minor in Environmental Studies. He chose to study Economics to improve his understanding of and ability to make smart and effective policy – particularly energy and environmental policy, for which he has exceptional enthusiasm. He witnessed the importance of economics to this field firsthand during his internship with the Environmental Defense Fund. Thomas also has a strong interest in international relations, which drove him to spend a semester in Strasbourg, France, studying European economic policy and interning at the Council of Europe. Dr. Dalton’s International Trade class further convinced him that IR and economics are inextricable. Outside of his studies, Thomas is a President’s Aide and co-captain of the Center for Leadership and Character’s Ethics and Leadership Debate Team. He also enjoys performing spoken-word poetry and singing in the Wake Forest concert choir.

RaRachel Molitor photochel Molitor (’18) is a double major in Economics and Biology. She knew she wanted to pursue economics at Wake after having too much fun studying for AP Macro and Micro in high school. Even though she is a premedical student, she continues to enjoy her economics classes most of all, inspired by the freakonomics trend of applying economic theory to anything and everything. On campus, she is a member of the Wake Forest Dance Company, public speaking chair in Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and a dog walking enthusiast. Rachel spent her previous summer studying abroad in Tours, France. She enjoys finding excuses to discuss application of economics to daily life, and overuses the phrase “this is why economists should run the world”. She currently works in the department of gerontology at Wake Forest Baptist Health, and when she inevitably becomes a successful anesthesiologist, she hopes to contribute her economical insight to her workplace via leadership positions.

BraBrandon Hawkinsndon Hawkins (’18) is a double major in Economics and Philosophy. Her interest in social justice issues motivated her to study economics. She figured that a solid foundation in the field would give her the tools to excel at an NGO or government organization where she could work to promote greater social justice. Taking Econometrics with Dr. Griffith solidified Brandon’s desire to major in economics because it showed Brandon the applicable nature of economics. During the summer of 2016, Brandon interned at the Akilah Institute. The Akilah Institute is an NGO that provides women in Rwanda with access to higher education so they can become financially independent and spur the growth of the Rwandan economy. Brandon spent her summer working in their Development office located in Brooklyn, NY. After her incredible experience with the Akilah Institute, Brandon is excited to spend her Junior year abroad studying Economics and Philosophy at the University of Oxford. Beyond her interest in Economics, Brandon is a fundraising co-chair for DESK, a community service event, a Young Life leader, and a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.

Ella AndrewElla Andrew (’18) is an Economics and Psychology double major with a minor in Theater.  Ella is interested in the intersection between Psychology and Economics, and decided to major after taking Dr. McFalls’s Intermediate Microeconomics class where she was first introduced to the concept of Behavioral Economics.  It was truly the faculty of the Economics department that encouraged her to major, from classes with Dr. Heckelman, Dr. McFall and Dr. MacDonald or “Prof MacD” as he asked to be called.  With an additional interest in the arts, Ella will be studying away in New York City for Fall 2016 and is excited to explore the businesses behind arts organizations. On campus Ella is a tour guide, a Student Adviser, involved in the theater organization and a member of Kappa Delta sorority.

Lilly GaetoLilly Gaeto (’18) is an Economics major with a Political Science minor. She initially took the Introduction to Economics course with Dr. Heckelman to fulfill a divisional requirement, but she quickly discovered her passion for the subject. She became fascinated with the way economic policy can affect politics and government operations. Taking Intermediate Macroeconomics with Dr. Mazumder reinforced her decision to pursue a degree as well as a career in Economics. Lilly is also a member of the Wake Forest Fed Challenge Team, which is in its second year at Wake Forest. The team’s season will begin in October and involves researching and presenting policy recommendations to judges as if they were the Federal Open Market Committee. Lilly is also excited about beginning an independent study project under the direction of Dr. Mazumder in the fall. The project will focus on the reliability of market and labor predictions made by members of the FOMC in public speeches. Beyond her study of Economics, Lilly is a member of the Student Advising Leadership Council, serves as an Ambassador in Admissions, is the Scholarship Chair of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, and is involved in RUF campus ministry. She spent her summer studying comparative politics throughout Europe with the Wake Forest EuroTour while simultaneously cheering on the Chicago Cubs!

Hunter HaleHunter Hale (’18) is a double major in Mathematical Statistics and Economics.  He began to consider studying economics prior to coming to Wake Forest and discovered a deeper interest for it after taking an introductory course with Dr Heckelman and Intermediate Macroeconomics with Dr. Wood.  Soon after taking courses at Wake Forest he began to enjoy the wide-ranging application of economics and put them into practice outside of the classroom.  As a member of one of Wake Forest’s COMAP teams, he introduced an economic perspective that, combined with his teammates’ science backgrounds, helped them earn the distinction of meritorious winner for their model of water scarcity.  He also participates as a member of Wake Forest’s Fed Challenge Team where he and his teammates examine monetary policy in further depth.  Due to his experiences within and outside of the classroom, he is particularly interested in monetary policy, environmental economics, and the economics of healthcare. After graduation, Hunter plans to pursue graduate studies in statistics, and later, a career as a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry or in a field of economic analysis.

Majors 2019

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