Victoria Marlin ‘15

“I had a closed-minded view that economics equals finance. But my favorite economics classes - Economics of Discrimination, International Monetary Economics and Economics of Health - had great and engaging professors, and opened my eyes to other aspects of economics. Taking economics has given me the theoretical and quantitative understanding of many of the world’s biggest problems, and potential solutions."

What led Victoria Marlin to study at Johns Hopkins? “I actually applied early. I loved Hopkins from the moment I visited it. I had good friends from high school that went to Hopkins. I wanted to have a campus but also be in a city, and Hopkins was one of few schools that offered that. I liked that it had a small school feel and that I could get to know the student body on a more intimate level than at a bigger school.”
Victoria started out as an International Studies major, and worked for two summers at global health consulting companies. But after taking economics classes she realized how much she enjoyed the discipline. “I had a closed-minded view that economics equals finance. But my favorite economics classes – Economics of Discrimination, International Monetary Economics and Economics of Health – had great and engaging professors, and opened my eyes to other aspects of economics. Taking economics has given me the theoretical and quantitative understanding of many of the world’s biggest problems, and potential solutions. I loved learning about how health systems operate as market places for goods and services, and what types of economic policies can be used to serve the health and education needs of underserved populations.”
When not studying, Victoria was a tutor for the Tutorial Project, a campus ambassador for Study Abroad programs and a member of Alpha Phi Omega community service fraternity. In Spring of her senior year she was one of the first cohort of students admitted to the Baltimore Fellows Program. In addition to taking interdisciplinary classes in sociology, economics and political science, and conducting original research in Baltimore neighborhoods, Victoria interned for Sage Policy Group, a Baltimore-based economics consulting firm that focuses on investment and development strategies for the communities of the mid-Atlantic region.
Victoria studied abroad in Paris in fall of her junior year, taking a variety of economic and political courses. This experience partially influenced her decision to return to Sciences Po for a Masters in International Economic Policy with concentrations in Emerging Markets and European Studies. Ultimate she hopes to pursue a career in economic policy-making, ideally at the World Bank. Way to go Victoria!