Serena Ly


Q: What is one thing you miss about university?
A: This is difficult because there are quite a few things I miss about University.

Let’s start with the people. I think it just hit me that I won’t really be connected with so many individuals my age again to socialize with on a day-to-day basis whether it be my friends, classmates or even club-mates like UW EconSoc ;).

In terms of environment…maybe it’s because I’ve only just left in April so I’m still trying to adjust to the fact that I no longer have the luxury to plan my classes so that I could sleep-in or have days off during the week.

Perhaps I should consider pursuing a graduate degree.

Q: What did you decide to do after graduation? How is your Economics degree applicable to your field of work?

A: I was fortunate enough to be offered the position of Senior Investor Relations Advisor at the Ontario Financing Authority (OFA) before graduation. So after my last-ever undergraduate exam, I embarked on a short one-week grad trip adventure with my friends to Florida (Harry Potter theme park anyone?) and immediately commenced work after.

I am thankful for my degree because without my economics background, I would not have been hired as a co-op student and then re-hired as an advisor. Courses such as monetary economics, finance and public policy helped prepare me for working in the fixed-income market.

Q: If you were to do one thing differently during your undergrad, what would it be? Why?
A: Maybe not enroll in Japanese as an elective during first year- my cumulative average would have been a lot higher.

Q: What was the best part about being involved with the Economics Society?
A: Leading and befriending an all-new executive team to successfully launch our eCon 2015 Conference!

Q: What did you want to be “when you grew up?”
A: A teacher. However, I imagine that imaginary children are easier to deal with than real ones.

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This will be my third term with EconSoc and I am absolutely grateful for all the long lasting friends, connections and faulty that I've met and worked with. Our society focuses on academics and networking, but we certainly do not forget the social aspect! Feel free to give us an email if you have any questions! Good luck on your term!