Nicholas Cerrone ‘15

“ Rather than narrowing a student’s view to a specific method of thinking as some majors may do, economics offers a diverse skill-set. An economics major must be both proficient in numbers and have the capability to understand complex theoretical concepts; he or she must understand both the abstract and concrete. Few other majors offer such a combination.”

Nicholas Cerrone graduated from Johns Hopkins in 2015 with a major in Economics. He chose Hopkins because it afforded him a broad-based liberal arts education, a “diverse set of majors each renowned in its respective field”, and the chance to continue playing soccer at a high level.

Nicholas quotes the British economist John Maynard Keynes to explain his attraction to the economics major: “the master-economist must possess a rare combination of gifts…he must be mathematician, historian, statesman, philosopher – in some degree.” Nicholas continues “ Rather than narrowing a student’s view to a specific method of thinking as some majors may do, economics offers a diverse skill-set. An economics major must be both proficient in numbers and have the capability to understand complex theoretical concepts; he or she must understand both the abstract and concrete. Few other majors offer such a combination.”

Nicholas recalls several memorable classes, including mock oral arguments with Professor Hamilton in Economics of Antitrust and acquiring valuable empirical skills in Professor Barbera’s The Art and Science of Economic Forecasting. He also appreciates the fact that professors in the Department were open to presenting different schools of economic thought.

Nicholas completed internships in investment banking during both his sophomore and junior year summers, first at a boutique investment bank focused on mergers and acquisitions, then in the equity capital markets division of a larger bank The latter internship led to a subsequent job offer, and Nick is looking forward to acquiring practical finance experience to complement the more theoretical nature of the economics major. Good luck, Nick, in your chosen career!