Carrie Bao

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Economics and Quantitative Finance


May 2017

Why did you choose JMU?

I chose JMU because the College of Business is outstanding. I am interested in Economics and Finance. In general, the Economics program is offered in the College of Arts and Science in most schools. But JMU arranges Economics major within the Business program, which allows me to double major in Economics and Finance at the same time.

What is your favorite class?

I took ECON 201 (Principles of Microeconomics) the first semester as a freshman and I absolutely loved it. My professor designed little games to play at the beginning of class and during lecture. It was a lot of fun and it really improved my understanding of the concepts. I am fascinated by how well those concepts are applied everyday in our life. The most interesting part of the class was the game theory. We learned about prisoner dilemma and Nash equilibrium. We discussed how people make optimal decisions corresponding to other individual’s reactions under different circumstances. There’s an elective upper level Economics class about game theory, and I am definitely going to take it.

Besides Studying, how do you occupy your time?

If I am not studying, I am spending time on Netflix. I love watching crime shows!!! Also I love spending time with friends. I invite them to my house and cook for them. We go out to local restaurants to eat or go shopping. I also attend concerts in Forbes once in a while.

What clubs and activities are you involved with at JMU?

I am currently involved in Kijiji, Chinese Student and Scholar Association, Madison Economics Club and Model United Nation. Kijiji is a leadership program that encourages participants to discover their passions and support their pursuit of those passions. I have been in Model United Nation for 2 years so far. Last spring I attended the Model United Nation Conference at UVA, a great experience I would never forget.

What do you like best about JMU?

The supportive and friendly environment and a variety of useful resources are what I like best about JMU. Before I came to JMU, I already knew that people are really nice here, and it is TRUE! On the first day of class, I was totally lost on the main campus and could not find my class. I asked a girl for help, and she walked me to my building even though she was in a hurry to catch the bus to get to East Campus. People will hold doors for you though you are still really far away. There are so many resources available on campus, both academically and personally. University Writing Center, Math Learning Center...All of them are very useful!

What advice would you give to international students who are considering studying at JMU?

Take advantage of the resources on campus. It really makes the high-school-to-college academic transition a lot easier. Be brave and be adventurous! Don’t be afraid to bring new elements into your life. Don’t hesitate to seize a chance to present yourself, because you will feel welcomed and gain a sense of belonging for who you truly are.

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