Samin Sabah Islam
Samin Sabah Islam is an Economics student at The University of Warwick. She is the Communications Intern at Discover Economics and Talks Coordinator for the Warwick Economics Summit 2023.
Why did you choose to study economics?
Growing up in Bangladesh, I frequently heard terms such as microcredit, interest rates etc. when they were just jargon to me. Studying Economics at school allowed me to make sense of these terms and understand how they shaped my country and the rest of the world. It made news headlines and circumstances around me make sense and I found it very interesting.
How would you describe economics?
There is Economics in understanding every big and small world problem we can think of- from the rising price of onions to the Great Depression. Economics is the study of decisions-making to these solve problems.
If you had a time machine and could meet your 16-year-old self, what advice would you give them?
Don't be afraid to ask questions, no matter how trivial, and it's never too late to read up on something. These are the best ways you learn.
What is your favourite part of economics?
I am very drawn to development economics and policy formulation. Its intriguing how human behaviour and varying circumstances can shape the effectiveness of policies in different places.
Is there anything you would do differently if you had the chance?
Since my IGCSEs I was quite confident that I would end up studying Economics. So perhaps I wouldn't stress myself with science subjects during my A Levels and focus on more maths and statistics, which would help my degree now.