Christina Yuan ‘15
August 27, 2015
“My interest in economics really developed while I was taking Professor Bertrand’s International Trade course. I realized that in addition to offering technical skills, my economics classes offered me the opportunity to connect theory with practical applications."
Christina Yuan was attracted to Johns Hopkins for its strong International Studies program, and the opportunities it offered both inside and outside of the classroom. She ended up majoring in Economics as well. “My interest in economics really developed while I was taking Professor Bertrand’s International Trade course. I realized that in addition to offering technical skills, my economics classes offered me the opportunity to connect theory with practical applications. Hopkins provides a solid ground in theory which is used to motivate the upper-level classes. For example, in Professor Gersovitz’s Health Economics and Developing Countries, we used theoretical concepts from our lower level courses to develop health policy recommendations for countries around the world!”
Christina studied abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science for the whole of her junior year. “During my time at LSE, I took thought-provoking classes such as Economics in Public Policy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, while meeting students from all over the world and learning about their cultures. Moreover, I believe that the economics courses that I took at Hopkins more than prepared me for the economics courses at LSE.”
Christina explored several different internships experiences. “The summer after my freshman year, I interned for the U.S. Consulate Hong Kong and Macau in their commercial sector and assisted in helping U.S. businesses navigate the markets of Hong Kong. I have also interned at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in their Office of Donor Engagement, where I developed a deep interest in international economic development. Last summer, I interned at Deloitte Consulting in the Federal Human Capital division, where I helped to conduct research on one of Deloitte’s federal projects.”
Christina enjoyed the flexibility and opportunities offered by Deloitte. Clearly Deloitte was impressed by Christina as well, since she is now working there as an analyst specializing in the federal sector. Ultimately, she hopes to pursue a career in international economic development.
Last words on Hopkins Economics Department? “The biggest lesson I learned from majoring in economics is that you should never be afraid to ask for help. My experience at Hopkins was that the professors and TAs are always happy to answer any questions that you may have. There are many different fields in economics and Hopkins offers a variety of different economics classes. Don’t limit yourself and take as many types of economics classes as you want. “Thanks, Christina, we agree!