I arrived at Yale thinking I would major in Mathematics. During my first semester, I took MATH 120 and enjoyed the quantitative aspect of the course. However, I realized the qualitative analysis was missing, and I wanted to study a subject that incorporated both.
During the second semester, I decided to take introductory microeconomics because I heard amazing things about the Economics department, and I also needed a social science credit. To my surprise, the course was exactly what I was looking for: a major that combines both quantitative and qualitative analysis to provide new insights. Even though there were more than 100 students in lecture, Professor O’Dea was very engaging, and I found myself looking forward to every class. I took intermediate microeconomics the following semester which was more challenging but also simply fascinating. That’s when I decided to major in Economics.
To me, the community is collaborative and intimate. I met some of my closest friends in Economics classes, and we worked together to solve difficult psets. There are many opportunities to interact with faculty. For example, I conducted research for Professor Botelho on the labor market as a Tobin Research Assistant. And lastly, there are many resources available to economics students to enhance learning, such as TA’s and peer mentors. I’m truly excited to be a part of this collaborative community where I learn just as much from my peers as I do from professors.