Why Carnegie Mellon?

Please submit a one page, single-spaced essay that explains why you have chosen Carnegie Mellon and your particular major(s), department(s) or program(s). This essay should include the reasons why you've chosen the major(s), any goals or relevant work plans and any other information you would like us to know.

Before I had even entered kindergarten, I would sit on the floor of my father's study room every Saturday morning, both of us bent over a large artist’s sketch pad that was covered in numbers and equations instead of paint or charcoal. From a young age, I enjoyed the logical and systematic style of thinking that he knew so well: it was alluring, powerful, almost mythic to my young mind. But as I matured beyond the intrigue of mathematical theory, I became particularly fascinated with how I could apply my mathematical knowledge to real-world problems, and developed a strong interest in Economics after taking an introductory Economics course during my junior year. Besides learning about how the stock market functions and how to manage my personal finance, I was alerted to the momentous economic issues that plague our nation as a whole, such as the sky-high national debt and severe market crashes like the one in 2008. Our current financial system is flawed, to put it simply; I believe that we should have a system that alleviates the nation’s financial struggles rather than exacerbating them, and I want to develop such a system.

To get started, I undoubtedly need a solid background in Economics because the basis of creating a...

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