As the first semester of my junior year comes to a close I reflect on last year when I learned I would be spending the spring living, learning and interning in Washington D.C.
With the help of the Simple Gifts Fund I was able to participate in The Fund For American Studies’ Capital Semester Program. Although I completed the political journalism program and thoroughly enjoyed interning at a media outlet, my public choice economics class was my favorite.
I entered the class nervous about the subject of economics because I knew it would require some math which is my one of my academic weaknesses. After a few weeks of class I quickly realized how economics can be used as a tool to better the lives of people throughout the world. For the first time I finally saw how I could use what I was learning to positively impact the world.
After completing my spring semester in D.C., I returned to Agnes Scott College this fall to make a major decision (pun intended). I have recently declared a major in International Relations with a concentration in trade and economics.
I am confident with my decision however it took lot of courage, faith and determination to major in something that challenges me yet inspires me so deeply. I’m sure I will be frustrated with equations, graphs and models throughout my journey, but I believe the rewards of economic literacy far outweigh the challenges with learning the discipline.
I’m so grateful for the Simple Gifts fund which allowed me to participate in such a wonderfully eye-opening experience like the Capital Semester Program that helped me make a major decision.
Madison Bryant is a Hobbton High School graduate.