Nathan Choe ‘15

“Economics has really helped me look at things from a logical and analytical point-of-view….making decisions became about not just what feels right, but also thinking about the costs and benefits of a course of action.”

This Spring Nathan Choe graduated from Johns Hopkins with a major in Economics. “I had heard a lot of good things about the Economics department here at JHU. It has a new, budding finance minor, interesting courses and accessible professors that I knew would push and challenge me.”
Nathan particularly enjoyed an innovative class entitled Economics of Social Networks because it combined game theory and graph theory to everyday interactions such as making friends or building professional networks. In general, “economics has really helped me look at things from a logical and analytical point-of-view….making decisions became about not just what feels right, but also thinking about the costs and benefits of a course of action.”
While at Hopkins, Nathan was a captain on the Mock Trial Team, a member of the Student Election Committee and a co-founder of the notorious Johns Hopkins University Wading Team. He spent a valuable semester interning on Capital Hill for congressman Ted. W. Lieu, where he got to attend many Budget Committee hearings and learn the intricacies of government inflows and outflows.
Immediately after graduation Nathan will work with Teach For America in inner-city Baltimore. “I think it will provide me with insights into the state of our most troubled schools and of areas with high poverty, issues that I ultimately care passionately about” Ultimately, Nathan hopes to move into politics and focus on education reform. “Economics has shown me that the economy does not necessarily work well for everyone. I hope to work with others to alleviate some of the flaws and make life for the people at the bottom better.”
Does Nathan have any advice for potential Economics majors? “Dabble in economics, finance and policy. Initially, I was convinced that I wanted to pursue finance on Wall Street, but after working as an intern on the Hill and taking a couple of policy classes, I realized that I wanted to get into politics and help deal with some of the more pressing issues facing our country.”