Meet GA Kate Tessmann!

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Name: Kate Tessmann

Class Year: Master of Social Work Candidate, First Year

Major: Clinical Social Work – Children, Youth and Families

Favorite Class So Far: Diversity and Cross Cultural Issues

What can you see yourself doing after graduation?

Upon graduating, I hope to work full time in either a middle school or high school as an Adjustment Counselor (the official Massachusetts name for a School Social Worker). I have worked in schools previously, and I really enjoy the community and teamwork associated with being a school staff person. Working with youth and young adults has always been a passion of mine, and I hope to find a position after graduation that allows me to continue serving that population.

What are you doing to get there?

There are several requirements to becoming an Adjustment Counselor in Massachusetts. First, you have to do a placement in a school for one year while receiving your MSW. I am currently in the placement process for next year to be matched with a school. Beyond the placement, you must take clinical coursework related to working with children, youth and their families, and pass the Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) exam when you graduate. To begin preparing for the exam, I downloaded an app on my phone that sends me one question a day to get used to the format of the test. Most MSW students do not focus on the exam until closer to graduation, since you cannot take it until you have your diploma. Other than those required steps, I try to network with any social workers I come across and inquire about their paths. Social work has so many possible paths, depending on what setting you choose to work in and what populations you decide to serve, and I always enjoy learning more about the opportunities available in my future.

How did you learn about Social Work, and what contributed to your interest in the field?

During my undergraduate years I earned two degrees, one in History and one in Social Studies Education, after having a crisis about my Theater major and whether or not I was really fulfilling my passions and purpose in life. During my student teaching experience senior year, it became very apparent that teaching was not my best fit and I panicked. I am very much a planner, and I had no idea where to go next. As graduation drew near, I decided to commit to doing a year of service with City Year, so I could have some breathing room to figure out my next move. It turns out that serving young people and their communities was where my heart fit best, and I ended up committing to 3 years of AmeriCorps service within Boston Public Schools. It was during these three years of living on less than minimum wage and working 50+ hours a week that I truly reflected on my priorities, who I am as an individual, and how I want to improve the world around me. After having many discussions with my mentors, supervisors and social workers at the schools I served, it became clear that a career in social work best matched my values and priorities. My journey to a “career” was much longer than I anticipated as a graduating senior, but it was the path I needed to take to find myself and figure out what actually matters to me in the long run.

 

What advice would you give to students who are also interested in Social Work?

If you are seriously interested in working with individuals and communities to improve their lives, I would suggest completing a year of service within those communities prior to attending graduate school. Social work takes hard work and unwavering commitment – and you need to make sure your priorities and values match those of the field. I would also check out the Social Work Code of Ethics, which pretty clearly outlines the values required of all social workers: https://www.socialworkers.org/pubs/code/code.asp. Also, social work is an extremely broad field: you can do macro level work with policy and advocacy, or you can do clinical work (therapy) with individuals, families, couples, etc. in a variety of settings. Speak to current social workers and really explore the different populations you can serve, and the different environments you can make an impact in.

What are you most proud of?

Taking a leap of faith and committing to three years of national service after graduation. It was really difficult for me to put my values, idealism, and personal growth above financial security, comfort, and my need to have a plan. I second guessed my decision to serve almost on a daily basis, especially when money was tight (and I had to take on another job or two) or I felt exhausted from the long days with little recognition. However, I persevered and was courageous enough to go “all in” on myself and my belief in social justice, and it has repaid me in more ways than I imagined.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My heroes in real life are my former students and current clients, who are overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles and breaking down stereotypes daily, paving their own paths to success.

My heroes in real life are also those who served by my side; who continuously inspire me and challenge me to learn, grow, improve, and keep fighting for social justice and the rights of every individual.

 

Meet Brogrammer, John M. Flaherty!

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Name: John M. Flaherty

Class Year: 2017

Major: Computer Science with a minor in Philosophy

Favorite Class: Mobile Application Development

Favorite thing about BC: The retreat community (48 Hours, Halftime)

What can you see yourself doing after graduation?

Software Engineering.

What are you doing to get there?

Practicing programming and doing interviews. I just accepted a job offer to work for Wayfair as a Software Engineer in Boston after I graduate.

How did you learn about software engineering/the tech industry?

I learned about it by playing Runescape and wanting to know how the game was made. The maker is named JaGeX (Java Gaming Experts). The rest is history.

What factors have contributed to your interest in software engineering/the tech industry?

Classes, especially Mobile App Development, Web App Development, Algorithms, Object-Oriented Design, and Robotics were all very cool, programming-heavy classes. Also, internships I’ve done, combined with a general feeling that software engineering is moving the rest of the world forward in different ways, have contributed to my interest. It’s also a lucrative industry.

What advice would you give to students who are also interested in software engineering/the tech industry?

Get involved with the computer science society immediately, because you will be lost if you don’t find the small community of people who are connected to the outside computer science world. The major and computer science community are so small that you need to find resources and people elsewhere that can introduce you to the industry. You also need to build your own brand in order to get noticed.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I have working production code in the Kayak Android app that you can touch, use, play with, and admire.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My living heroes are Edward Snowden, Thich Nhat Hanh (a zen buddhist teacher, considered to be very close to a modern-day Buddha), and Julian Assange. My dead heroes are Alan Watts, Jesus Christ, and George Carlin.

Meet PCA Lindsay Schrier

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Name: Lindsay Schrier

Class Year: 2018

Major: International Studies (Ethics and International Social Justice)

Minor: Women’s and Gender Studies

Favorite Class: International Security (taken abroad at Webster University, Geneva)

Favorite thing about BC: Eagle’s Nest Salads (kale, tomatoes, olive oil, s&p, feta cheese)

What can you see yourself doing after graduation?

Either the Peace Corps or field experience abroad in international development.

What are you doing to get there?

I’m involved in Girl Up, which is an organization for girl’s education in the developing world, where I run the Boston Coalition of clubs. I’m also running a half-marathon for the organization. I’ve had internships in the past that are in line with my values of and commitment to social justice.

What factors have contributed to your interest in international development?

I was involved with Girl Up since high school, which has helped to consolidate my interest in international development. I was also really motivated by my fellowship with ANNpower (an organization committed to women’s leadership training), where I had the opportunity to attend a conference and work on social justice workshops for career engagement.

What advice would you give to students who are also interested in (industry you’re interested in)?

Apply for grants (or stipends/scholarships/fellowships) for unpaid internships! Often times, internships in the international development/non-profit fields are unpaid, so having funding really helps. I was able to get a stipend to pursue an internship with Girl Up, which was an incredible experience!

Meet Your Friendly Neighborhood PCA, Jay Nam!

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Name: Jay Nam

Class Year: 2018

Major: Philosophy, Finance, and Information Systems

Favorite Class: Perspectives

Favorite thing about BC: The Rat

What can you see yourself doing after graduation?

Working in finance in New York

What are you doing to get there?

I’ll be interning at J.P. Morgan this summer in New York as an Investment Banking Analyst.

How did you learn about financial services?

I took the Sophomore Career Accelerator program with Amy Donegan. It is a CSOM elective (a one credit pass/fail course) that teaches you how to get an internship in business and exposes you to different career paths you can pursue with a business degree.

What factors have contributed to your interest in financial services?

I like that financial services involves working in a fast-paced environment in which you can learn a lot in a short period of time. There’s also a great BC network working in finance in New York. Working in financial services opens doors for you to either continue working in finance, or to pivot into other industries such as banking, consulting, teaching, recruiting, or operations management in which you can utilize your strong financial knowledge.

What advice would you give to students who are also interested in financial services?

It never hurts to start early. Network with seniors who have done internships in financial services and are on campus. I did six or seven informational interviews during my sophomore year with seniors and found that they were a great resource. These kinds of informational interviews can help you learn more about the industry and point you toward more opportunities to work in that field.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I directed a conference called the AHANA Business Leader Experience through the AHANA Management Academy this year for students of minority backgrounds who want to go into business. I gained great experience in learning how to organize a complex event and was able to be a resource for underclassmen who want to learn about different business areas.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My heroes in real life are Tim Cook, Barack Obama, and my grandma. Obama is my hero because he is charismatic and can rally people very well. I admire Cook because he had some big shoes to fill for Apple, but he is well respected by all around him while being an introverted yet effective leader. My grandma is my hero because she makes the best Korean food, and someday I want to be able to cook as well as she can.

Meet Ukrainian Guru, PCA Erik Eppig!

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Name: Erik Eppig

Class Year: 2017

Major: History; Minor in International Studies

Favorite Class: Post-Communist Transitions

Favorite thing about BC: The well-rounded nature of the school within the Jesuit tradition

What can you see yourself doing after graduation?

I see myself working in the international sphere, specifically in Eastern Europe where I hope to start a career in foreign relations with a Think Tank or Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). Specifically, I am interested in working with civil society, anti-corruption, and democracy building initiatives in Ukraine.

What are you doing to get there?

I have applied for a Fulbright grant as an English Teaching Assistant in Ukraine, where I hope to foster greater comprehension of the English language among Ukrainian college students as a means of development. Alternatively, I am looking into post-graduate work and study programs throughout Eastern Europe as well as opportunities with international NGOs and aid organizations.

How did you learn about international civil society development?

I was first exposed to this field during a class trip to Israel and the West Bank last winter. There, we had the opportunity to meet with and learn from a number of local Israeli and Palestinian NGO leaders about the work they do in promoting a just resolution to the conflict. I was fascinated by the efforts being done on the ground, most of which had very little political support or funding and were truly society-based initiatives. In the back of my mind, I believe that I’ve always been motivated by my Jesuit education and living experiences abroad to pursue a career in the realm of international aid or civil society development.

What factors have contributed to your interest in international civil society development?

My interest in working with similar initiatives in Ukraine came about during my semester abroad, where I had the opportunity to travel to the country on two separate occasions. I was immediately struck by the beauty of the country, which starkly contrasts its reputation as an ongoing area of conflict, plagued by illicit finance and bureaucratic inefficiencies. In having the opportunity to experience the country for myself and meet with its people, I recognized Ukraine’s unrealized potential, something I am passionate about having a hand in promoting. In order for democracy to be effective, I recognize the significance of a strong civil society; something that I believe can be grown with a little international assistance.

What advice would you give to students who are also interested in international civil society development?

Know what your passion is and do whatever it takes to pursue it. This is not a conventional career path, but I recognize more and more how rewarding and important it can be. Therefore, it’s important to pinpoint what it is that your goal is, why you are interested in it, and how you plan on going about achieving this goal.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I don’t think that I have a greatest achievement yet, there’s still a lot of work to do.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My heroes are all individuals who risk life and limb to fight for what they believe in: human rights, democracy, economic freedom, etc. Many of these individuals do not receive the individual notoriety, but their efforts certainly do not go unnoticed.

Learn About PCA Ruperto Peres’ Story!

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Name: Ruperto Peres

Class Year: 2019

Major: Applied Psychology and Human Development

Favorite Class: Adolescent Psychology

Favorite thing about BC: The Lynch School of Education and the support system they provide for students. Also, faculty members who are willing to get to know you and want to hear your story.

What can you see yourself doing after graduation?

I see myself pursuing my Masters in Education at BC while teaching elementary and middle school kids in Boston Public Schools. I also see myself, later, moving back to New York City to work with first generation, low socioeconomic, inner-city kids to help them get to college and supply them with the social capital needed to succeed in college and beyond.

What are you doing to get there?

I’m involved with two nonprofits back home in The Bronx that helped me get into college and develop professionalism early in my life. I have been connecting with different directors and CEOs of non-profits to learn why they do the job they do and how they work with low-income first generation college students so I can get a sense of why I should do what I want to do. I am involved in mentorship programs in college or back home that would be beneficial to kids needing a mentor like I did. I’m also gaining experience in professional development by working at the Career Center that I can apply to my future non-profit organization. Also, working with the Center of Student Formation to provide programs and initiatives for students who don’t feel comfortable at BC will help me create programming for my future nonprofit to help kids feel comfortable in their home and school environments.

How did you learn about nonprofits, higher education, and educational and social policy?

I’m involved with two nonprofits back home, and the counselors there helped me get into college and become the person I am today. There are people back in New York City and inner-cities across the country that need help transitioning into college and potential careers, and I want to give to these people what the nonprofits I was involved with in New York gave to me and be able to provide them with what they need to transition well to and achieve in college and their future. I had great counselors at the nonprofit in New York who prepared me well for college academically. I know what it is like to be at a prestigious university coming from a different class and race, and I want to share my experiences with others who are in the same position.

What factors have contributed to your interest in nonprofit, higher education, and educational and social policy?

I would say that where I come from, The Bronx, NY, and the people I’ve been surrounded by all my life have had a large impact on my becoming interested in these industries. I never went to a private school or Catholic school, so BC is very different for me. People I’ve met here at BC have influenced my desire to do what I want to do. In addition, my mom never received a college education, so she pushed me to graduate from college. My sister attends a city college in New York and she isn’t very serious about school, so I want to make my mom proud by making sure I achieve the kind of success she wanted us to achieve.

How did you get started exploring potential careers?

I feel like college isn’t the end-all; it’s about what are you going to do after that has mattered to me the most. Before getting into the field of education, I was very interested in politics and international relations and how to create some sort of change in the international community. However, moving on to nonprofit work and higher education, I think the educational system here in the United States is something that has to be worked on both via the political platform and the community. Exploring different careers in nonprofit and higher education has led me to think that creating a change in the system is a tangible goal, and leaving an impact on a child’s life is something I really want to do.

What advice would you give to students who are also interested in nonprofit, higher education, and educational and social policy?

I would say to pursue the field and get involved early in activities and initiatives that may help them realize what exactly they want to do. I would also recommend going to different educational events and reading a lot about different children and how children are affected by their external contexts. Reading and researching a lot is something I am doing now, and I am finally realizing that it is something I love to do, especially regarding children and their development.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I consider my greatest achievement to be getting into college, especially Boston College. There were times back in high school when I felt like I wasn’t going to reach my 18 years of life nor be the Valedictorian of my high school, and there were times when I hit rock bottom back home and I wanted to give up because I did not get any emotional support. However, I got into college and am now pursuing the dreams I thought about three years ago by trying to help those who face the same barriers in life that are not talked about.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My mother. She battled and keeps battling in this country for 23 years now and has always been very attentive and supportive to me and my sister. Even though she can’t give me some sort of help in terms of money, whenever I need someone to call, she is always seconds away and willing to hear me out with my problems in college and life.

Meet Sarah Bradley: A Student-Teacher With a Passion for Education Equity

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Name: Sarah Bradley

Class Year: 2017

School/College: LSOE

Major/Minor: Secondary Education & English with a concentration in TELL (Teaching English Language Learners)

Favorite Class: Language & Ethnicity with Professor Margaret Thomas

Favorite thing about BC: Being so close to the city

What can you see yourself doing after graduation?  

After graduation, I hope to stay in the Boston area and teach English Language Arts in a public high school or middle school setting!

What are activities and clubs are you involved with on campus?

Undergraduate research fellow under Dr. Rebecca Lowenhaupt in the Lynch School; 3rd year Resident Assistant (RA), this year in the CoRo community; played on the Women’s Rugby club team for 5 seasons; SSH

What causes are you most passionate about?

I am extremely passionate about public schools and education equity. I want to teach English in a public school setting and be challenged to reach all students and support all learners, because I truly believe in the power of a public school education and how important it is to empower young students so that they can be encouraged and supported in pursuing their futures. I love the challenge of teaching and I love working with students every day! But eventually, I think I would like to work in education policy to advocate for structural changes to benefit students more widely.

What factors have contributed to your interest in teaching? Have you always known that you have wanted to go into teaching?

I moved halfway through high school, from a public school in the Greater Baltimore area to a public school in New Hampshire. At my second high school, I learned more in one semester than I did in two years at my previous school. Experiencing first-hand the difference between two schools that are both public schools incited my interest in education policy. Having a few really amazing teachers who supported me got me interested in teaching and I have always loved reading and writing and discussing literature.

What advice would you give to students who are also interested in teaching and would follow a similar career path as you?

I would say to pursue as many teaching opportunities as possible during your undergraduate career—now is the time to try different school types (public, private, charter, etc.) to figure out what you might be interested in pursuing when you graduate. Also, don’t be afraid to make mistakes! This is the best way to learn so that you can become a stronger teacher for your students.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I think I would consider completing my full-time student teaching this semester to be my greatest achievement so far. I have never worked so hard, but I have also never been so sure that this is what I want to do with my career! I learned so much from my mentor teacher, and I am going to miss the students I had the opportunity to work with at Brighton High immensely. Now I feel ready to pursue a teaching job.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My little brother—which is maybe an nontraditional answer, but he has been through some hard times but has come out of it so strong. He is currently a senior in high school, and he just got into his top college choice! I don’t think I’ve ever been so proud of someone, and I’m already looking forward to visiting his campus next year and annoying him/checking in on him.

Are you considering a post-graduate degree in the education field? If so, what degree and why does that degree program spark interest in you?

I am, but I want to teach first because I am not sure exactly what I want to pursue for my Masters, and I change my mind daily. Right now I am considering pursuing a Masters in ESL or in Special Education with a focus on reading disabilities, although I am also considering furthering my degree in English to pursue curriculum work more. I think I will have a better idea of this once I begin teaching full time though, which is why I want to wait.

Meet Perspectives Teacher Doug Finn!

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Name: Douglas Finn

Undergraduate degrees: Religious Studies and German Lit Wabash College

Graduate degrees: Masters and PhD at Notre Dame with a primary emphasis on historical theology

Classes: Perspectives, Grad Class on Augustine Life and Thought, Augustine Confessions, Augustine’s Book on the Trinity

True to his philosophical nature, when asked about his education, career journey, and time at Boston College, Perspectives teacher Douglas Finn answered in more general terms than to his specific case.

“It’s all about finding a way to balance everything out,” he said. “One of the benefits of a liberal arts education is covering a range of topics regardless of major. For students heading into the more quantifiable disciplines, they should push themselves to take more writing classes to be more well-rounded. Students heading into the humanities should challenge themselves in their numeracy and in sciences. The core classes are meant to accomplish this as a minimum.”

When prompted further, he went on to express that he personally wishes he had pushed himself more to do understand statistical analysis and math in relation to the world. He brings up this past election as an example: “It has shown us how both sets of skills are crucial: verbal and humanities research skills, as well as scientific and mathematical skill. The problem is that we have uninformed people and always have. The problem a long time ago was lack of access to information, but we built libraries to fix that. Now we have too much information, and there are concerted efforts to intentionally deceive regardless of source, that one needs to learn to make decisions to ascertain truth. Evaluate critically the sources, arguments, and numbers people use. There should be an ongoing effort for students to maintain critical skills and be able to relay that to people.

One of the bigger problems is an increased silholization. Too many people are entering echo-chambers because they only talk to people ideologically similar to themselves. This is dangerous in a number of ways, because it limits their abilities to think outside the box. Not to say their position isn’t right, or that they shouldn’t hold a certain position, but they need to look at different arguments with this qualification: I think one of the biggest tasks today is to distinguish pseudo science from real science.” Professor Finn goes on to discuss how it’s not enough to just hear another viewpoint, but people must also be able to evaluate that viewpoint. The importance for him is finding the sources people use.

So how did Professor Finn end up teaching philosophy and theology at Boston College for the last five and a half years?

A mix of personal and intellectual reasons. He’s always had an interest in the study of religion as an important social and human phenomenon. He wanted to learn more about the ideas and the social forces and institutions that have been so decisive over history. Having grown up Catholic, he was interested in the development of ideas in his own traditions, and felt like he owed it to himself to learn as much as possible about his own background. 

What are some of Profess Finn’s favorite aspects of his job?

I love that I can continue to learn, think, write, and teach. Improving practical skills, understanding how I think, understanding my field. It’s built in, it’s encouraged. It has built in inducements to self-improvement. This is not job for anyone who is incurious. I like the human connection. One of the aspects of the job that is so important to me is the instructor/student relationship. I enjoy seeing students grow and develop. It’s neat to see how students change over the course of four years. Seeing them develop is very rewarding, and most of that has nothing to do with me or my influence. But having known students in their first year, it’s important for me to have played a small role in the beginning. There’s such extended contact. Getting to know students’ strengths and weakness, you can help them grow effectively.

Students can come to talk to Professor Finn about…

 They can come to me asking for career advice, and I will tell them to just go with the humanities, but advise them to gain marketable skills, as well. I’m not a trained therapist. I think it would be presumptuous and dangerous for me to say I can handle all the needs of students emotional, spiritual, and academic well-being. I don’t mince words. Because their parents are worried they won’t be able to get a job, and I always let the students know that they aren’t wasting their time studying English or Philosophy. I’m always willing to help students find a pathway to make using a humanities degree to find a job. I have some advice that isn’t necessarily so bad. I especially like talking to students if they’re interested in studying abroad, because I have quite a bit of experience with that. Especially if students are interested in Philosophy and Theology major, I’m very happy to talk to students. We want to improve the number of students in the major, but I’m very realistic about it. Now is the time you can be carefree, but you need to be thinking longer term. You close certain doors if you don’t prepare now. I want to help them realize what doors open and which ones closed.

What activities do you enjoy outside of your job?

I like hiking with my dog and fixer-upper projects.

Meet Chiamaka Okorie – A Nursing Student with a Passion for Women’s Health

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Name: Sonia Chiamaka Okorie

Class Year: 2017

School/College: CSON

Major/Minor: Nursing

Favorite Class: Psychiatric Mental Health Theory

Favorite thing about BC: The people I’ve met

What can you see yourself doing after graduation? Working, hopefully!

What are activities and clubs are you involved with on campus?

President of Black Student Forum, Jamaica Magis, Resident Assistant, Member of the Keys to Inclusive Leadership in Nursing Council. Off-campus, I work as a Patient Care Associate at MGH and intern with Community Conversations: Sister to Sister.

What causes are you most passionate about?

I am most passionate about social justice and health inequalities.

What factors have contributed to your interest in nursing? Have you always known

that you have wanted to go into nursing?

No. Before BC, I had never considered nursing for a day in my life. I actually enrolled as a political science major, convinced I would enter the law or political fields. During a challenging freshman year, I began to be more attentive to other paths that suited my interests. I had been very involved in service and community activities in high school, so I started thinking of people-centered careers. Nursing caught my eye and I haven’t looked back!

Is there a specific type of nursing you would like to go into?

I would love to work as a nurse practitioner, especially with women. I think women’s health issues and narratives are so fascinating, and I most hope that I can provide advocacy alongside my care.

What advice would you give to students who are also interested in nursing and

would follow a similar career path as you?

I would advise them to be assertive! From the first day of nursing school to the last day of my nursing career, I know I will always ask for help, advice, and guidance when I need it. Building a network – a study group among friends, a few mentors, a team with your coworkers – has helped me grow immensely and has made this challenging experience worth it.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I don’t think I have one major achievement, I am proud of the milestones I’ve reached over the past 3 years at BC. From my first independent patient assessment to my independent research project in Ghana to helping create a KILN event for my peers, I am happy that I can say I have pushed myself to explore different sides of nursing.

Who are your heroes in real life? My mama!

Are you considering a post-graduate degree in the nursing field? If so, what degree

and why does that degree program spark interest in you?

I am considering a post-graduate degree as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and someday, God willing, a Ph.D in nursing science or a public health degree. I love the intersection of feminism, nursing, and public health. One day, equipped with this education, I hope that I can serve, research, and advocate as a nurse!

Meet Sajala Pandey:The statistics teaching fellow, and an Economics Ph.D candidate at BC

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Name: Sajala Pandey

Department: Economics

Classes that you teach: Statistics

How long have you been at BC? 3 years. I’m currently a Ph.D candidate.

What activities do you enjoy outside of your job at BC?

I really enjoy hiking and trekking, but I prefer hiking since it’s more spontaneous; trekking requires a lot more planning. In addition, I love traveling a lot. Every summer and winter I would definitely travel somewhere outside of America.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I’m proud of my experience of working back home after I graduated from Smiths College. During that period I spent a couple months working with ex-Maoist rebels/comrades in rural Nepal- I worked in that organization as a data analyst, but I was really able to see how they rehab back into the society. It was a very challenging experience for me, but more importantly, it provides me with a different perspective on how economics could be related to social issues in real life.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My parents. They are from a really rural part of Nepal, and they migrated to Katmandu, which is the capital city. They help my sibling and I to achieve our dreams and teach me how to be neither hyper-excited with achievement nor disappointed with losses. I learned to balance emotions, which is the most important thing to me.

Do you have any suggestions for econ-major students in terms of post-graduation development?

Economics is a subject that touches upon so many areas of study, and it’s definitely a good thing that someone chooses economics as a major. In terms of suggestions, make sure you proactively look for internships during junior year, as well as networking with people.

If you want to go to grad school at some point in the future, then look into economic consulting and federal research, because these will provide insight into what research life is like, and help you decide whether if you like to work at firms or continue onto grad school.

If you’ve decided to immediately go to grad school afterwards, make sure to take some higher-level economics and maths classes because in grad school maths skills are really crucial. Talk to professors and senior faculty members, as they can offer helpful insights as well.