10176_679361828756046_1703430804_nName: Sami Carter

Major: International Studies & Economics

Hometown: Plymouth (basically Minneapolis), Minnesota

Year: Junior

Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever been?

Last summer, I interned at a nonprofit in Minnesota that does development work in Bolivia. As part of my internship, I got to spend two weeks in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where I was (in theory) translating and helping with administrative work (but I spent a lot of time exploring the city and eating a LOT of food). It was a completely different world there, and being on my own was a really good exercise in fending for myself and practicing my Spanish. Another group of visitors and I spent a weekend in a national park called Toro Toro, which is famous for having preserved dinosaur footprints on the property, and got to hike down a canyon and even go spelunking! I’ll definitely be returning to Bolivia someday, and highly recommend that everyone visits!

What’s something interesting you learned in class?

I’m in a class this semester about Behavioral Economics, which has been really fascinating because it challenges the assumptions and insights that traditional economics makes. As an Econ major, I’ve spent a lot of time talking about rational people with consistent preferences, but we’ve looked at a lot of studies in this class that show us that people actually don’t fit those categories. One of the most relieving things we’ve seen is that people procrastinate, which has made me feel a lot better about all the times I start studying later than I should.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

When I’m not studying, I spend a lot of time with my a cappella group (the Sirens) and my sorority (Alpha Phi). I’ve made some of my best friends through these groups, and can’t imagine my life without either of them. The Sirens, besides singing, go out to fun restaurants all the time, decorate cookies, and go shopping, all of which are always nice breaks from studying. And, I know I’ll always be able to find an Alpha Phi to sit with in the library, to go buy lots of snacks at Char Mar, or to just hang out and watch TV with (our current favorite show is The Bachelor)!