Econ- Really?

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By BookRenter Mike – Why I chose economics.

by _J_D_R_

People always laugh when I tell them I’m an economics major. Really, can you blame them?  The standard comment goes something like, “With today’s recession any study of economics is worthless.” If you ask me the field of economics has changed dramatically over the last couple of years and I consider myself very fortunate to be studying a constantly evolving topic. My love of economics has always been rooted in the fact that economics is the study of scarcity, and that everything is scarce. Food. Water. Hours in the day. Everything. The simple fact that everything is scarce pushes me to live my life in the most efficient manner and to the best of my abilities.

My first economics class, Intro. to Microeconomics, was perhaps the most challenging class I have taken at college. Crazy, but although Intro. to Microeconomics has been the hardest class, it’s also been my favorite. During the second part of the course we studied the ‘romantic marketplace’. Literally, the study of the decision making process people subconsciously undergo when deciding upon a spouse. After two months of learning the basics, finally applying them to the real world in such a unique manner was incredibly eye-opening. I like to tell people that economics is the study of common sense; ironically the most interesting material I have learned in my study of economics has been the result of people not using common sense.

But honestly, you want to know the real reason I loved that first economics class and declared econ? I received the highest grade in the class!

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33 Responses to Econ- Really?

  1. anne h says:

    I chose philosophy and political science because I love to lay around and argue.

  2. Sarah says:

    I never really liked school growing up. I wanted to be the kind of teacher that made students happy about school and not dread it. My other thought was that someday if I had kids of my own, I wanted to homeschool them. I now have two children and am just starting the homeschool process with my oldest. I’m loving it as I’m sure he will as well. That’s why I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and got my degree in Elementary Education.

  3. Susi Steis says:

    It chose me. I’m the 5th generation to work in the Nursing field. All I ever wanted to be was a Nurse. I got sidetracked along the way, but now I’m back to what I should have been doing all along and loving every minute of it.

    My Grandmother said “Some things you are just born to do.” I truly believe that.

  4. Pinkerbelle says:

    Followed in my Daddy’s footsteps: right out the door and off to school each day.
    Grew up to become a teacher and loved every minute of working with kids, developing lessons, and teaching!

  5. shelliet says:

    I chose to become an LVT (Licensed Veterinary Technician), and currently Im working on fulfilling the class requirements to begin applying to a DVM program. I chose this field because of my love for saving and caring for animals. I have always been a nurse sort to the four-legged kind and decided what better to do with my life than this? I also have an ABA (business admin) because I do plan to open my own clinic and want to have the business knowledge as well. I plan to have no less than a Bachelor in business to go along with my DVM title. =)

  6. Bailey S. says:

    I chose my major (Linguistics) and everyone always crinkles up their face at me. I would never be able to do econ.

  7. Inger Miller says:

    I was in the hotel/restaurant business most of my life until I ended up having two knee surgeries and just could stand for long periods of time. I decided to go back to school after trying the travel industry which just wasn’t that exciting. I am now studying criminal justice and love it! I hope to work in a crime lab one day.

  8. Hayleigh says:

    I picked English because it has always been my passion and I’ve always excelled at it. I have no idea what I’ll do with the major, but I figured I might as well major in something I love and am good at.

  9. Kathy P says:

    I chose journalism because I wanted to be Lois Lane when/if I grew up. Imagine my surprise when I found out you had to type and drive to be a reporter. I went for the editing part instead – who knew Perry White was the best part of a newspaper.

  10. Carol Donnermeyer says:

    I choose nursing because I wanted a helping profession and nursing was a field that had a lot of openings for jobs. Also a lot of scholorship money. Graduated with a 4.00 Now in grad school and still pullin all A’s Hooray for me (tootin my horn)

  11. Jessica says:

    The only thing I ever liked to do was write, so I chose English as my major.

  12. Jennifer says:

    I picked English because I’ve always been good at it. Both my parents are English teachers, and they passed on their love of the language to me. I went on to get a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. I currently work as an ESL teacher.

  13. Jenna Mieras says:

    I always loved little kids so I chose early childhood education. The only problem with it is that it doesn’t pay very well.

  14. BEtty says:

    My parents had an opinion, which swayed me

  15. Ellen B says:

    Graphic Arts

  16. Megan L. says:

    Business because it was conservative.

  17. Catheen Alluin says:

    I chose business because I’m good at management. I’ve always been good at making difficult decisions and getting people to follow my lead.

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  19. Brandon says:

    Optometrist because being able to see makes ppl happy.

  20. Mary Vantil says:

    I think is was my calling to be a teacher, I was always helping the younger children around me my whole life. Thanks

  21. Lynski says:

    History chose me. I am an older student (almost 56) and have always loved history. The older I got, the more refined my vision was of what I would study when I got the chance to return to school. I would not have loved this subject in my 20’s.

  22. Helen says:

    Accounting because I like it.

  23. Jennifer Zacharias says:

    Ever since I was little, I loved computers! Since I have always loved math and logic, computer science just seemed right for me. I haven’t ever had anything that I especially loved, but since getting involved with computer science, I think I made the right choice. Plus, I’m ready to show everyone that it’s okay for girls to like computer science and not be a geek! :)

  24. tina page says:

    I returned to college as a 30 year old who was self-educated for all of my adult life. In returning to school I thought I would just do a liberal arts major, but after I took my first Sociology class I was hooked! I loved my Sociology profs. Then I started taking some medieval lit classes so I ended up double-majoring in English! Now I am in grad school working on my Masters in Library Science…and I’ll probably get a PhD in Soc when I am done….I like going to school and learning!

  25. Belinda says:

    I picked business as my major because I had already held jobs in sales and service and decided that “people fishing” was fun. It’s nice to be able to make your customers happy and even better when it lines your pockets. Thanks!

  26. Maria Sais says:

    My major is Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology to then transfer to SDSU main campus to attend The School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences to become a Speech therapist. My inspiration? My 7 year old Autistic nephew, he’s my little piece of heaven on hearth!!!

  27. Jenn says:

    As an undergraduate I did Liberal Studies/Elementary Education and Modern Languages/Spanish as a graduate student I am doing my Master’s of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

    I chose Elementary Ed and Spanish because I really liked speaking Spanish and at one point I wanted to become an Elementary School Spanish teacher, now I still have a real passion for teaching, but its focused on students learning English. The Spanish comes in handy every once in awhile too! :-)

  28. Liz D says:

    Nurse because I like being an “angel”

  29. Jenni says:

    I picked Information Technology (IT) so that I can tell people that my parents paid for my education so that I would learn what I need to know to BS IT. =)

  30. Betty D says:

    Pediatrician to heal children.

  31. Dee says:

    lol! highest grade in the class sounds pretty darn appealing! I tried going Econ but didn’t really favor it much so I switched to a Spanish major!

  32. Heather H. says:

    I went to college for a year majoring in Environmental Studies to become a Forest Service Ranger the National Park Service. Its been my life long dream since a child to be a Ranger! During that time, I became friends with several Police Officers at the local Police Department while in my search to gain knowledge and experience to become a Forest Ranger. Needless to say, I suddenly had a new passion for the other category of Law Enforcement, as I always have, but always wanted the Ranger side instead.

    I changed career paths and attended the Police Academy. I successfully completed and graduated. And have been a Deputy Sheriff for my County for the last 4 years and Love my job!! I recently had a baby and am currently a Stay at Home Mom and loving it! I’ve decided to put my Career on hold and continue to Stay home with my baby and future children as long as possible!

    My Husband also Graduated the Police Academy and has been a Deputy Sheriff as well for our County, for the last 8 years and just recently within the last few weeks, was hired by the Federal Government to be a Forest Service Law Enforcement Ranger! LOL! How ironic is that! But its really wonderful and I’m very happy with the way things have worked out for us.

  33. Tyler L. says:

    I chose History because I really enjoyed traveling all across the United States visiting places of historical interest, such as Civil War battlefields, museums, World War II naval ships, and other attractions, during my childhood. I thought it would be interesting to put my fascination with history into practice by studying it as a major in college.