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University of Chicago. Economics major


Early opportunities in economics

I was able to optimize my AP experience and prepare myself for college-level classes by being thoughtful about which AP classes to take. I knew I'd receive more or less AP credit depending on level of rigor, so I opted to take more challenging classes like AP Calculus BC and Physics C. And I loved the opportunity to apply what I learned in AP Calculus to gain a deeper, more comprehensive understanding of physics and economics.

AP Macroeconomics/ Microeconomics gave me a great overview of what a college major in economics would entail.

Taking AP Microeconomics/Macroeconomics gave me a fantastic overview of what a major in economics would entail, and helped identify the specific area that I'm passionate about. With the credits I earned from my nine AP classes, I was able to place out of introductory math and science courses, so I could immediately dive into material that truly interests me. I completed almost a third of the requirements for my major by the end of my first year and was able to get a position as an economics research assistant at the Science of Philanthropy Initiative at the University of Chicago. It’s given me the opportunity to do data analysis and conduct fieldwork, and I’ve even been acknowledged in an economics paper published by my professor!

Due to my advanced schedule, I have also had — and will have more — opportunities to explore interests outside my major, and take classes in physics, molecular engineering, and computer science. Every elective will widen my world-view and increase the quantitative abilities that I heavily depend on in my major. And I may even have the opportunity to study abroad (I’m thinking Hong Kong right now) and learn a new language. I think the flexibility AP credits provide to students like me leads to a happier and more well-rounded student body.

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