Majors: Economics and Mathematics
Graduate program: PhD program, Boston College School of Education
What do you do for a living?
I am currently a third year PhD student in the Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment program in the School of Education at Boston College. Since starting at BC, I have worked on a variety of research projects, including looking at the impact of 1:1 iPad programs in middle and high schools, the implementation of classroom behavior management technologies, and a project for ETS on the dynamics of opportunity and inequality in the United States. I also hold a graduate assistantship in the Institutional Research office, where I help collect, analyze, and report data related to the current student experience, as well as alumni outcomes. And I currently hold a fellowship at Maguire Associates, a research-based consulting firm that serves educational institutions. There, I help to administer surveys, analyze the results, and report the findings back to colleges across the country on a variety of issues.
How did your experience at Saint Michael's help prepare you for your career?
I use skills I learned in my economics classes throughout my graduate school experience. Some are more technical in nature, such as SPSS know-how and regression techniques (thanks, Econometrics!). However, the economics department also taught me how to not just perform complex analyses, but how to share the results of these analyses in not-so-complex ways. As my research and coursework has focused more and more on statistical methods and analyses, my work experience has shown me how important it is to be able to share the results of that research with people who don't necessarily have a background in statistics. As was often the case in my economics classes at St. Mike's, it's not just about the numbers, but the story they are telling you.
What is your favorite memory from your time at St. Mike's?
My favorite economics class at St. Mike's was Public Finance with Professor Walsh. We were able to critically examine policies related to topics that continue to make headlines (like healthcare and education). I still think of that class often, especially in today's political climate.