Name: Becca R.
Hometown: Bedford, MA
Major(s): Economics, Applied Math & Statistics
Current job: Senior Research Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Any internships/pre-professional experiences at JHU? Interned at Softheon (health care software company in Long Island) and NY Fed.
What extracurriculars were you involved with at JHU? Blue Key, Club Field Hockey, Pi Beta Phi, Camp Kesem
In what ways did your Hopkins education prepare you for your career? I work in an academic field so my Hopkins education prepared me very directly for my current job. I use statistics and econometrics at work every day. It also prepared me to think critically and actively engage with the economic questions that we seek to answer at the Fed.
Any classes, faculty members, or involvements at JHU that helped to shape your career interest? I plan to go to grad school in two years to pursue a masters in Operations Research, which is a direct result of Dr. Fishkind’s impact on me. I loved his optimization classes, as well as Dr. Castello’s Mathematical Modeling & Consulting class, which got me really interested in the field. I was able to get involved with the Baseball Scheduling Group with Dr. Fishkind and Dr. Dahbura which gave me really exciting hands-on experience and furthered my interest in the field.
Favorite Hopkins memory: My favorite Hopkins memory was spring fair senior year. All my best friends were together, including those who had graduated. We spent the entire weekend sitting on the beach and eating fried food. It was just the perfect way to spend time together in our last weeks at Hopkins.
What about being a Hopkins student do you miss the most? I miss my friends the most, and being able to walk over to their apartment any night of the week. I miss the variety that each day brought, going back and forth between class, work, research, and extracurriculars.
Knowing what you know now, what would you want to tell your pre-college self? Don’t be afraid of computer programming, it’s actually really useful and kind of fun. Take advantage of some of the really cool intersession travel programs. Enjoy every minute, it goes by fast.