Champion of The Week: Duc Nguyen
This week’s champion is a one of our amazing new communications interns and Economics student at the University of Warwick.
Why did you choose to study Economics?
I picked Economics because I thought it was the most balanced subject that respected business, politics, psychology and at times even philosophy. Therefore, I can have more flexibility with my interests, extra-curricular and career choices
How would you describe Economics?
Economics teaches you how the world works. It answers questions about humans, communities, our beliefs and biases. Learning Economics is therefore learning about living its application knows no limits
If you had a time machine and could meet your 16-year-old self, what advice would you give him?
Head start matters. There have been countless times throughout my undergraduate studies that I thanked my younger self for focusing on Maths and Economics during A-levels. Basic equations and theories that I studied during A-levels shortened my learning curves immensely during university and allowed me to make more time for sports and extra-curricular.
What is your favourite part of Economics?
I most enjoy applying and observing Economics in the real world. Examples include understanding Behavioural Economics and our biases during decision making, for my marketing roles, or understanding maths and statistics behind changes to COVID-19 case numbers. You can look at the news and media in a different light, something I believe can help people to make more informed decisions and career choices if leveraged wisely.
Is there anything you would do differently if you had the chance?
As much as I love to explore new topics in-depth, being able to allocate time for a laser focus is something I am working on. For example, spending more of my holidays to look over future class contents or career responsibilities. This allows me to use my term time to focus more on extra-curricular or new initiatives like working for Discover Economics.