I came into college already declared with an Analytical Economics major. After my first semester of college and taking Introduction to Microeconomic Theory, I gained a lot of practical knowledge but realized quickly I did not have the same love and energy for all things business as many of my fellow classmates in Paul College. I enjoyed the material from this class, but I could not see myself living a fulfilling life being a businesswoman. As an analytical economics major, I learned many technical or "hard" skills throughout my coursework, learning programs to analyze, visualize, and interpret data. I hope to use these metric programs to find statistical and economic evidence of the importance of sustainable food systems. Being a sustainability dual major makes me feel I can use my economic research skills to create an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable planet. In my Analytical Economics capstone, I am currently creating a model with cross sectional data to see the relationship between a country's prevalence of undernourishment and their GDP, employment in agriculture, ratio of female to male labor force participation rate, female tertiary school enrollment, and people using safely managed drinking water.
From being in my sustainability classes and electives, I have learned how imperative it is to recognize other opinions and have an open mind. The age old saying "everything is not what it seems", speaks volumes to me, as it has helped me explain the intersectionalities and intricacies of systems in place that lessen the equity, environmental quality, and economic stability to those that have a narrow focus. Sustainability has made me a critical thinker. In data analysis, sometimes you run into a problem called "confounding". Confounding happens when the researcher does not consider an alternative variable that may be better explaining the relationship in a model. Taking sustainability courses has furthered my understanding that there is usually more to the story- there's important outside factors or larger externalities society may not automatically consider to be the reasoning behind the way the world operates.
Currently, I am still searching for a job. Given my skills and knowledge, a career in environmental policy analysis or nutritional policy analysis would be very fulfilling for me to pursue. Another career aspiration I have is to take initiative in my hometown's public schools to incorporate education regarding sustainable agriculture