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Student Profiles

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Nathan Chau, Class of 2014: Receiving the outstanding senior award from Dr. Staniec

"My time at pacific was my rite of passage. I grew in so many ways I could not have imagined; personably and intellectually. My years at pacific have given me so much reassurance and self confidence I was lacking before I came here. I studied abroad for a semester and honed those crucial critical thinking skills. I am 100 percent confident that I have developed the tools and skills I need to succeed in life because of my time here. And to all those economists and statisticians out there, being 100 percent is really saying a lot. The incredibly talented professors, staff and students I met here had a big role in facilitating that success."


Mike Morris, Class of 2011

Mike Morris

Mike participated in the Washington Semester Program, serving as an intern for The Polling Company in Dupont Circle, not far from the White House.

During the Economic Policy seminar he took as part of the program, Mike heard speakers from the Federal Reserve, the Indian Embassy, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

"It was a great way to get an inside look at economic policy in D.C.," said Mike. "The Washington Semester Program let me see how the theories I learn in class play out in the real world and to figure out how I can become part of that world."

Mike also spent a weekend in New York City, where he met with people from Standard and Poor's and saw the floor of the New York Mercantile exchange.

Read more about Mike's and other students' Washington Semester experiences in this article: Pacific's Washington Semester Program Delivers Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience.

Kyle Kennedy, Class of 2008

"Pacific's Economics Department has offered me a combination of attributes I cannot imagine finding elsewhere. The course instruction has been presented in a manner that fosters interest and understanding. The classes are small and personal, leaving me always looking forward to attending. I have no reservations on dropping in on a professor to ask a quick question, and they always have made the time to entertain my inquiries. When comparing with other friends at larger universities, I have not found similar results.

Pacific also opened doors for me to study abroad my junior year at the London School of Economics (LSE). A couple of professors informed me of the opportunity and provided letters of recommendation. In the fall of 2006 I found myself on a plane to London, ready to study at one of the highest regarded institutions in the field of economics in the world. I was entertained by the different style of teaching and how the British professors approached concepts in a different manner than Americans. And of course it was an amazing opportunity to travel throughout Europe. It was an experience never to be forgotten."

Pacific Students Kyle Kennedy and An Pham

Laura Berlinghieri, Class of 2004

"The attentive and supportive faculty in the Economics Department at Pacific challenged me to apply to graduate programs in Economics during my senior year. At the time, I wasn't aware that graduate school would have been feasible for me, and the guidance I received from the faculty proved invaluable. After receiving my B.S. in Economics from Pacific in 2004, I began my Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Washington. Having experienced student life at a relatively small university and also at a large university, I now fully appreciate my time as an Economics major at Pacific. The most telling evidence occurs in my own classroom; my graduate education has included opportunities to teach my own courses in Economics. I find myself gravitating towards the teaching philosophies of the Pacific faculty members who have served as my mentors: communication between faculty and students, active learning, high expectations and respect."

Laura Berlinghieri