Haylee Sipos is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Economics. You can find her as a TA for Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECO 181)!
Why did you choose economics? Why did you choose your subfield?
HS: I went for math in undergrad and economics was the only subject that made me consider changing my major. Economics is an application for all the math that I have learned, and even though I am now studying economics I still get to use math every day. I had also taken some econ classes in undergrad (econometrics and forecasting) that focused on data analysis which interests me. And I am still deciding on a subfield!
Which class in the major has been your favorite and why?
HS: Econometrics because it is a lot of math and I also really enjoy data analysis. Coding for it can be really frustrating, but it is also extremely gratifying when you figure it out.
What was your favorite class as an undergrad?
HS: My favorite class was probably Real Analysis since calculus was my favorite area of math, but the most interesting class I took was Abstract Algebra.
What is your top piece of advice for your students?
HS: I know school can be very overwhelming and sometimes it seems impossible to get through, but just focus on one day at a time and it’ll all work out in the end. Also, don’t forget to enjoy your time in school because it will be over before you know it.