“The economics department at CSU has a diverse catalogue of classes. Take electives that are interesting to you, and really develop a social and quantitative understanding of economics!” —Lynn Nguyen
Economics, finance, accounting — what’s the difference? Many CSU students find themselves asking this question when choosing a major. For senior Lynn Nguyen, the question was best answered by combining a business school education with a second major in economics.
Lynn, who is from Lakewood, CO, graduates this spring with dual bachelor’s degrees in economics and business administration with concentrations in marketing and corporate finance.
While Lynn started out with a minor in economics to complement her business degree, she changed to a major to extend her learning and increase her career potential. In her senior year, Lynn was then selected for a competitive research internship in economics with Assistant Professor Niroj Bhattarai and the Poverty Action Center (PAC@REDI).
“Not only is Lynn a stellar student, but she is also an amazing person with a strong work ethic—I have been able to see this in her internship work. Her interest in economics stems from her desire to help people,” said Bhattarai.
As a student in the College of Business, Lynn has been an active leader in Delta Sigma Pi and the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative. She also has gained professional experience as a resume writer and marketing specialist for Career5, and she is currently working as a product-to-market intern for Hewlett Packard.
“Overall, my proudest accomplishment is the amount of effort I put into becoming a well-rounded and high-achieving student ready to take on the professional world!” Lynn said.
In Her Own Words
What inspired you to pursue a degree in economics?
I really enjoyed my introductory ECON classes and knew that I wanted to learn more about economics! I initially pursued economics as a minor, but then I decided to go for the full major.
What were your most important experiences or accomplishments at CSU?
I have held multiple executive positions in the business Fraternity Delta Sigma Pi which helped me build a strong social circle and develop my professional skills. I am also interning as a research assistant for the economics department, focusing on the equity of Dual Enrollment programs in Colorado. I also gained great experience competing in the Daniel’s Fund Ethics Challenge which led me to be invited to a business conference in New Mexico where I networked with amazing executives and fellow college students. Overall, my proudest accomplishment is the amount of effort I put into becoming a well-rounded and high achieving student ready to take on the professional world!
What advice would you give future economics majors?
The economics department at CSU has a diverse catalogue of classes. Take classes and electives that are interesting to you and really develop a social and quantitative understanding of economics!
What are your 3 “must-take” economics courses?
ECON 335 Introduction to Econometrics: Econometrics expanded my economics knowledge to quantitative applications and provided me useful skills that I use for all my statistical analyses.
ECON 327 Law & Economics: It was interesting to see how economic reasoning could be applied to different situations, such as common law. It opened my perspective on the many ways economics could be applied to real life.
ECON 315 Money & Banking: This was the class that inspired me to also pursue my finance degree. It’s a great class for those who are considering studying both finance and economics.
What is your next step?
I will be moving to Denver to work as an Intern for Hewlett Packard Enterprises.