Ben Campbell Rosbrook '15

Major: Economics

Graduate program: M.Sc. in Economics, Trinity College Dublin

What do you do for a living?

I'm in the thesis-writing stage of a M.Sc. in Economics at Trinity College Dublin, and I'm looking for employment in consulting, policy, or finance. In a few years I might like to complete a PhD in Economics, when I have a clear focus for my research.

How did your experience at Saint Michael's help prepare you for your career?

The curriculum of the economics department engaged my curiosity of the field and inspired me to keep studying at the graduate level. Letters of recommendation from faculty in the department helped me secure a spot in my chosen program, and my professors continue to be a source of guidance years after graduating. Outside of the economics department, professors from many disciplines helped shape my worldview. Lessons from my undergraduate studies continue to challenge my thinking to this day.

What is your favorite memory from your time at St. Mike's?

This isn't a singular memory or class, but I have to shout out the economics department for forcing me to work harder. Left to my own devices, I lacked discipline and structure in my studies. My professors saw greater potential in me, and the feedback I got during my time as an undergraduate gave me the tools to continue developing as a student, thinker, and person. My first semester of graduate school was really tough, and I didn't get the results that I wanted. When the second semester came around I knew I had to work harder to succeed, and I have the econ department to thank for helping me understand and realize my own potential.

Any advice for St. Mike's students?

Don't be afraid to learn by making mistakes; work hard for wisdom.

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