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ELC Tutor Michael Cypher-Tierney

Michael Cypher-Tierney

My name is Michael Cypher-Tierney, and I’m a fourth year student studying Economics and Spanish.  My interest for Economics started in high school when I read the book Freakonomics and saw the broad range of interesting applications, methods, and problems economists can deal with.  Economists have to have a bit of knowledge about a variety of fields since an application of an economic model can be social, political, scientific, philosophic, etc.  A great quote from Freakonomics is, “The conventional wisdom is often wrong.” Challenge yourself and others to think differently or in different ways about ordinary things.


ELC Tutor Javier Diaz

Javier Diaz

My name is Javier Diaz and I am a 4th-year student majoring in economics and political science, with a minor in computer and information science. I was first motivated to study economics after becoming interested in politics, as I realized that virtually all political decisions affect the economy and vice-versa, and that it was important to put economic issues front and center when debating policy. James Carville, in developing a strategy for winning the 1992 election, said it best when he wrote, "the economy, stupid", as a way to state that voters would vote for the candidates that developed a platform to mediate the economic issues affecting their day-to-day lives. This curiosity eventually led to me developing a deep appreciation for the subject, and wishing to continue my career in an economics-related field. After graduation, I am hoping to work in consulting for the short-term, with a longer-term goal of obtaining a graduate degree in economics and working for the federal government in economic policy.


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Christa Ding

My name is Qianyue Ding, and I go by Christa. I am a third-year actuarial science major with economics and insurance minors. I am considering switching to quantitative economics minor and adding a statistics minor. I enjoy microeconomics, especially game theory. A personal philosophy that I like to live by is to have an economic way of thinking because life is all about making the best decisions based on currently available information.


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Mark Drozd

My name is Mark Drozd and I’m a fourth-year student studying economics and mathematics. I’ve always liked economics for its elegant combination of multiple disciplines. A given problem in economics could be motivated by a model in a social science, decomposed quantitatively, and provide enough philosophical discussion to last a lifetime. I can usually be seen around campus with a travel of mug of coffee in hand, which is fitting since my favorite quote of all time comes from Alfred Renyi: “A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems.”


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Kasia Karolak

Kasia is a 5th year senior majoring in economics and women's, gender, and sexuality studies with minors in math and Spanish. They plan to pursue a PhD in economics and spend their career in the field. Kasia believes this field has a responsibility to understand and a possibility to affect the systems and realities of our world. A guiding quote in her life is: "it is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains" -Assata Shakur


ELC Tutor Charlie Riggs

Charlie Riggs

I am a senior studying economics in the Fisher College of Business. My interest in economics began while taking AP Econ in high school and hasn't waned since. I believe in doing the right thing regardless of what other people may think.


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Maggie Seikel

Maggie Seikel is a third year double majoring in economics and history. After OSU, she plans to go to law school and study antitrust policy, where her econ degree should come in handy. When both solving problem sets and living life, she defers to Reagan's words from the height of the Cold War: “Trust, but verify.”


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Alex Williams

My class standing is as a 4th year (Senior), majoring in Economics and Mathematics. I first became interested in economics when I heard all of the people that started Moneyball were economists, but then got more interested in more purely economics topics once I started taking classes. I greatly enjoy pursuing economics research, and I now plan on pursuing a PhD in economics once I graduate! A favorite quote of mine that I think applies to me is simply: "Fail miserably, achieve greatly" -JFK.


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Brandon Wong

Brandon Wong is a 3rd year Economics Major, with Math & Stats minors. He loves economics because, like natural sciences, it studies the cause and effect of interactions in the world around us all. He has always felt close to economics content. It is a wonderful cross between math, psychology, business, and the economic way of thought can be extended to all of life. "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other" - JFK.


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Mingxin Xie

My name is Mingxin Xie and I’m a Junior Economics & Mathematics major with Architecture and Political Science minor. I was inspired by the story of making a pin in Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations and started to engage in economic study. Once I realize all our life is about making economic decisions, I fell in love with the subject. My studies compliment the way I like to live my life; “Be brave, be honest!”