Economic Ambassadors

Caitlin Basden

Economics Major |  Business & Psychology Minor
Class of May 2022 | Email
Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):I am the Block I VP (within Illini Pride) and I am also the Social Chairfor Illinois AIChE
Internship Experience:
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Urban Economics (ECON 414) with Professor Albouy & Development Economics (ECON 450) with Professor Akresh
Why Economics? Economics is the study behind every decision we make. We all experience choices on a daily basis and we want to study them to make predictions about how businesses are going to do indifferent environments. I want to look at the way people behave and make choices in the market to understand the fluctuations in trends. Economics is always changing and it will always be important to understanding how the world works.
Bio: Hi! My name is Caitlin Basden and I am a senior in Economics. I am from Highland, IL which is close to St. Louis, on the Illinois side. When I first got to UIUC I was a Chemical Engineering major. As a sophomore, I decided the engineering path was not for me and I wanted to switch to Economics. All of high school I was told that because I was good at math and science I should be an engineer but when people say this they forget about using that knowledge in a social science career. One of the beauties of economics is that you get to use the same critical thinking and problem solving skills to solve problems that we all face as consumers on a daily basis.

Jarrett Bline

Economics & Statistics Major | Food & Agribusiness Management Minor
Class of May 2023 | Email
Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Director of Analytics for UIUC Baseball, GIS Fraternity, Ski & Snowboarding Club, Orange Krush
Internship Experience: State Farm at Research Park (2021)
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Inter Microeconomic Theory (ECON 302) with DiIanni
Why Economics? I chose Economics because every decision we make is based on an economic principle. Economists can make decisions with facts that support them. I feel studying Econ will not only allow me to thrive professionally but also personally.
Bio: Jarrett is a junior from Bloomington, IL majoring in Statistics and Economics while minoring in Food and Agribusiness Management. He has completed numerous internships in risk management and is currently with State Farm as an actuarial intern. During his free time he enjoys golfing, boating, and spending time with family and friends.

Ben Cizek

Econometrics and Quantitative Economics Major | Statistics & Business Minor | Data Science Certificate
Class of May 2022 | Email
Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Economics Club, DIA Tutor
Internship Experience: Liberty Mutual (Summer 2021)
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Microeconomic Principles (ECON 102) and Microeconomic Theory (ECON 302) with DiIanni
Why Economics? Economics tends to flip the collective consciences on its head, combine this with the logic and structure of mathematics and the thrilling debate of public policy and it will become clear how economics attracts such a wide range of individuals, including myself. Even now I cannot imagine myself studying anything else.
Bio: Ben is a Senior from Geneva, IL majoring in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics with minors in Statistics and Business. His earliest memory of showing interest in economic concepts was from criticizing the monetary actions of characters in popular films. Ben is interested in macroeconomic policy and statistics. After his graduation in May 2022, he hopes to attend graduate school to continue his studies in economics.

Anna Fu

Econometrics & Quantitative Economics Major | Psychology Minor
Class of May 2022 | Email
Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): TA for Econ 203 in Spring 2020 & 2021, Head TA for Econ 203 in Fall 2021
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Economics Statistics II (Econ 203) & Consumer and Investor Protection (Econ 490) with Martin Perry
Why Economics? I discovered my interest in economics since my high school time when learning Engle's coefficient.Economics represents human beings' rational and objective minds. It shapes how we perceive this world. Through the combination of theories and solid quantitative analysis, we predict and improve our future. Economics always plays a role in our daily life.
Bio: Anna is a senior majoring in Econometrics and minoring in psychology. She transferred from Economics to Econometrics in her sophomore year. She is always curious about how economics theories could generalize and predict human behaviors. She believes data is the key to solve many problems but what is beyond data, is still waiting for us to discover. Currently, she shows a strong interest in behavioral economics and prepares to go to graduate school in 2022.

Haley Ferrini

Econometrics & Quantitative Economics Major | Business Minor
Class of May 2022 | Email
Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Economics Club, Writer at WPGU 107.1
Internship Experience: Marketing intern at Student MoneyManagement Center (Fall 2020), Data analysis intern at University Payroll & Benefits (Spring 2021),CNN Research and Analytics (Summer 2021)
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Econ 437 with Armendariz
Why Economics? I love how much economics is relevant to my life as I get to learn about concepts that I face on a daily basis. Not only has this major provided me with a variety of technical skills, but I am also able to view current events from different perspectives and gain insight on why people behave the way they do.
Bio: Haley is a senior from Downers Grove, IL majoring in quantitative economics and econometrics. Haley first became interested in econ after taking AP Macro in high school. In her free time she enjoys attending concerts, playing drums, and bike riding. After graduation, Haley plans on working in data analytics.

John Kroen

Economics Major | Spanish & Business Minor
Class of May 2023 | Email
Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Intramural Sports, Economics Club
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Macroeconomic Principles (ECON 103) with McDermott, and Economic Statistics I (ECON 202) with Shultz
Why Economics? Economics has always been an area of interest for me. Understanding how and why people make the decisions they do, while using data and numbers to interpret real-world decisions is fascinating to me. After taking AP Economics in high school, I knew this was a major that I wanted to explore. Economics supplies a very wide range of opportunities, which is another reason Economics was the major for me.
Bio: John was always interested in how money works,and after taking Economics in high school, he knew that it was a career he was extremely interested in. Having taken Spanish for 9 years now, John realized the importance of bilingualism in the real world, which led him to pursue a minor in Spanish as well. In his free time, John enjoys participating in intramural sports, hiking, and traveling.

Ellie Gong

Economics & Statistics Major
Class of May 2023 | Email
Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Minority Business Association, Covenant Fellowship Church
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Econ 302 with Buckley, Econ 102 with Vazquez
Why Economics? The field of Economics is very versatile.Economics provides a lot of career opportunities such as business and finance. I appreciate the diverse career options Economics offers, which allows me to explore my own path in this major.With my own interests in analytics and data, Economics is the perfect major for my future careers
Bio: Ellie is a junior from Chicago, IL majoring in Economics and Statistics. She was always interested in economics after taking economics courses in high school. She knew she wanted to pursue in economics after taking an interest in data, and wants to continue learning more about it by pursuing a dual major in Economics and Statistics.

Kelvin Jiang

Economics & Finance Major | Statistics Minor
Class of May 2023 | Email
Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): FACES Consulting, ICSO-CU, Peer & Career, Group facilitator in CC-I program
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: ECON 471 with Hassan Arvin-Rad and ECON 303 with Eric McDermott
Why Economics? I think economics is very interesting because it provides a rigorous way of thinking about trade-offs, incentives, and costs and benefits. I believe Economics is a multidisciplinary major that can help us better understand the operation of the world and explain some scenarios in our daily life.
Bio:  Kelvin is a Junior majoring in Economics and Finance, minoring in Statistics. He believes data has value and be eager to analyze and utilize the data from life. He is interested in Consulting and has served on multiple projects to discover the most suitable industry for him.

David Lee

Economics Major | Business Minor
Class of May 2022 | Email
Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Accounting Club, Student Worker at PAR Dining Hall
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Economic Statistics 1 (Econ 202) with Shultz, and Employee Compensation & Incentives (ECON 448) with Sun
Why Economics? I mainly love Economics for its versatility. A multitude of different fields use economics as a core foundation.Furthermore, the skills you develop through economics are both fascinating and universally useful.It's fascinating to develop a skill set that allows one to analyze behaviors and patterns that explain current trends and possible future events. Also, analysis and pattern recognition is a technical skill that's invaluable for countless fields.
Bio: David is a senior majoring in Economics and minoring in Business. He started his fascination of economics in his senior year of high school. Outside of reading the news, he enjoys hiking, cooking, and games. Currently, he shows great interest in statistics and behavioral economics. After his graduation, he hopes to attend a graduate school for Economics.

Dylan Loyd

Econometrics & Quantitative Economics | Business and History Minor
Class of May 2022 | Email
Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Project Manager for Illinois Business Consulting (IBC), Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity
Why Economics? I chose Economics because every decision we make is based on an economic principle. Economists can make decisions with facts that support them. I feel studying Econ will not only allow me to thrive professionally but also personally.
Bio: Dylan is a senior majoring in Econometrics & Quantitative Economics with minors in Business and History. On campus, he is a Project Manager for Illinois Business Consulting (IBC) and member of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. He is interested in working in consulting and likes to pass the time by keeping up with the news.

Alex Predescu

Economics Major
Class of May 2023 | Email
Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Economics Club, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Block I
Internship Experience: Seminole Sports Intern
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Economics Statistics 1 (Econ 202) with Schultz and Economics Statistics II (Econ 203) with McDermott
Why Economics? I have always loved math. Dealing with numbers is something that has always fascinated me and Economics allows me to use numbers to interpret trends in the real world. It gives me insight on why things happen and why people make the decisions they make.
Bio: Alex is a sophomore from Mount Prospect, IL majoring in Economics. After taking AP Economics in high school, he knew that a career in Economics was right for him. He is also a member of Economics Club, the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and Block I. He wishes to pursue a second major in Statistics and go into a data analytics post graduation.

Cory Popov

Economics Major | Business Minor
Class of May 2023 | Email
Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):Econ Club, Illinois Consulting Group (ICG), Phi Delta Theta Fraternity
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Microeconomic Principles (ECON 102), and Microeconomic Theory (ECON 302) with DiIanni
Why Economics? Economics interests me because it explains why and how we make decisions. By studying economics people can learn to make better decisions that will provide max benefit to both themselves and others. I also enjoy working with numbers and statistics, so Economics fits right into my skill set.
Bio: Cory is a junior from Naperville, IL majoring in Economics with a minor in Business. This past summer I completed a maintenance internship where I learned how to design and integrate inventory systems. I enjoy playing basketball, working out, drawing, and watching movies.