Diana Tsai is an economics alumni. She currently works as a Data Analyst for the Ontario Pension Board.
Q: Why did you choose to study Economics?
A: Initially, I was in Math/Business but when I took Economics as an elective course, I really enjoyed it so I switched.
Q: What was your favourite economics course at Waterloo? Why?
A: Tough to decide between 2 courses. First one is ECON 212 – Game Theory with Joel Blitz. Very interesting stuff to learn and you get to play some games in class and get some bonus points on your rank! The other one is ECON 423 – Times Series Econometric. Dinghai’s lectures are ones I never miss because they are very engaging and great. The course itself is really useful and the things you learn from there are very helpful if you want to go the data scientist route.
Q: What did you decide to do after graduation?
Travelled around Asia for a month and then got a job as a data analyst at a pension board. Recently, I applied to Bank of Canada, did the interviews and got an offer from them. Will be working there soon with an interesting team!
Q: What was the best part about being involved with the Economics Society?
A: Getting to know more people and being able to help improve people’s experience in the Economics program.
Q: Do you have any special or interesting talents?
A: Before entering University, I was a visual arts focused student. I am pretty good at plexiglass etching/printing. I also occasionally sketch. You can see one example here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu7dj_nBjQv/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Q: What would be the best piece of advice you would give students?
A: If you are stuck on learning a concept/solving a problem, take a break and come back or talk it out. You may get a new perspective to the them that can be a tremendous help.