Michael Gentile hails from Long Island, NY. While at Hopkins, he majored in Economics and Writing Seminars with a Mathematics minor. Michael was interested in economics because he grew up around entrepreneurs, and wanted to understand the impact of both wealth and incentives on different communities.
His favorite class? “Professor Barbara’s Macroeconomic Strategies class was great for its relevance to current market events, and forecasting trends in specific regions and asset classes.” Majoring in economics, Michael was particularly appreciative of developing statistical skills, being able to critically evaluate popular opinions or texts, and understanding economies in boom and bust.
Michael had a rigorous extra-curricular schedule. He was President of Hopkins Rugby; was involved in an after-school youth sports program; a PILOT (Peer-Lead-Team-Learning) tutor for economics; and the Editor-in-Chief of Baltimore Zeitgeist, a local magazine focusing on political and economic issues at the local, national, and international level.
His internships included developing a marketable hedging strategy for ION Group, analyzing the performance of alternative investment funds for Cowen Prime Services, evaluating government IT contracts, and writing proposal for Reliasource, a local agency focusing on small business.
After graduation, Michael will be attending Brandeis International Business School to further hone his quantitative skills and study foreign financial markets.
Advice for potential Economics majors?
“Read the news outside of class. Then apply what you learn in class.”
Michael, that is a good statement of our goal!