In the midst of midterms

I have resurfaced from my usual asceticism. I mean, I will go back to it after I write this post, but seeing that I have a paper to write, I figured I would do some warming up.

Speaking of which, I have come across this amazing list. It is called “David Romer’s rules for making it through graduate school and finishing your dissertation.” Of course, I am not in grad school yet (more on this later), but still found the tips immensely useful. I intend to print this and put it in the center of my desk while writing the said paper.

There have been a few unexpected turns in my life, which is quite normal if you know what I’ve been doing in the past 10 years. I recently changed my major to economics. It wasn’t accidental, of course, but quite gradual. I was a Business Management major before, then International Relations. I took at stab at intermediate micro freshman year, and quickly decided against it because I loved anthropology and the wordier– more social constructivistic (not a word) social sciences more. After interning and networking in DC, for the careers I was drooling over, it quickly occurred to me that all required an economics degree. Even if you want to go into policy for economic development, it was clearly (duh) important that I knew my econometrics. The only problem was that I’m halfway done my undergrad degree. Thankfully, I came to college with a lot of useful credits (both micro and macro as well as calculus etc), so it didn’t seem impossible. Actually, I have never been surer about what I want to do with my life. I know I love doing research from being a research assistant for the business school in the OB department, digging through stacks or papers (and links) and most of all writing papers.

Tomorrow is registration day, and I will be choosing my classes for next semester. I am a little nervous that 4 out of 5 are all economics and calculus, but I think it can be a healthy challenge. If not now, when will I have the opportunity to struggle this much in such luxury?

Joking aside, I’m just glad that I finally know what I’ll be doing for the next 2 years.

Surfing the interwebs, I found this helpful article by a faculty in Columbia about the amount of Economics you need to know (for a future career in research). It’s not only this article, but his whole website that gave me a lot of good insights for what I needed to concern myself with for my future career in international development.

I would like to write more, but I’m pressed for time…