Sam Jackson was born in San Diego, grew up in Dallas and decided to enroll in college at Hopkins because of its “diversity of thought, and flexibility of academic studies, as well as prestige.”
Sam loved economics ever since his first economics course in high school. “It teaches you a different way of thinking and, when combined with another discipline like international studies, it becomes an extremely powerful tool with which you can view the world. “
An all-time favorite course was Bob Barbera’s Macroeconomic Forecasting class: “It’s extremely current and puts you in the shoes of the world’s most important economic policy makers. Sasaki’s Big Data, Karni’s Information and Uncertainty, Papageorge’s Sex and Drugs and Dasgupta’s Rich Countries Poor Countries classes are all highlights as well.” Overall: “Economics teaches you a new way to view and analyze the world, using powerful tools like econometrics and game theory.”
Sam continued his shared interests with Professor Barbara by writing a senior thesis on “The Changing Economics of Non-Renewable Resources and Demand Expectations.” “This was an amazing experience that gave me the opportunity to explore a new subject and engage in building my own economic forecast which I then had to defend and enhance over a period of months.“
Sam studied abroad in Hangzhou, China, just two hours out of Shanghai, in a language-intensive program focusing on the developing financial markets of East Asia. He spent each summer of his college career doing an internship, first with a wealth manager from his home town, then in Private Equity with The Blackstone Group and Data Science with Bloomberg LP in NYC.
After graduation, Sam will be working as a consultant for McKinsey & Co.
Sam, do you have any advice for potential Economics majors?
“When you have a lecture… go to it. When you have office hours… go to them. The entry level professors are extremely interesting and knowledgeable. It is much easier to learn from them rather than a textbook especially in the early years and they have the added benefit of being super helpful”