Navya is a second year economics student at the University of Warwick and a communications intern here at Discover Economics.
Why did you choose to study economics?
I am from India, and since a young age we are encouraged to study science based subjects. However, physics and chemistry never caught my interest. Mathematics was my strong suit but not something I wanted to pursue as a career. When I studied economics for the first time in school, I fell in love with the subject. It is science of the people, a subject where your technical, mathematical and creative mindsets all align. When I graduated from school, I knew this is what I want to pursue in my higher education.
How would you describe economics?
Economics is not something I can ever get bored from. You are constantly learning new things and understand how the world works around you better. It is challenging but also rewarding. I feel like studying economics can give you this clarity on how the economy works. It is a subject that will never lose its importance and constantly guide you through life.
If you had a time machine and could meet your 16-year-old self, what advice would you give them?
Don't be intimidated by what people are doing around you. Everyone has a different perspective on life and how they want to go about it. Just be confident in your approach and pursue what you want to do in life happily.
What is your favourite part of economics?
I love mathematics in economics. Giving numbers to equations puts a perspective to what we are studying. Not only can we prove our hypothesis but also analyse large sets of data while doing it. Plus if you are good at economics , you see the world from an economist lens!
Is there anything you would do differently if you had the chance?
I would be more adventurous ! It's always good to try new things out, you never know what you come to appreciate. I stumbled across so many new activities when I came to university, which I am shocked I never did in school. Learning any new skills along the way is always a plus point that will stay with you throughout your life.