Student Profiles

Student Profiles

Dylan FurlanoDylan Furlano '14 

Avondale, Pa. | Kennett High School
Majors: Creative Writing, Economics
Minors: Jewish Studies, Women's Studies, Diversity Studies

 Clubs/activities: Zeta Tau Alpha (women's social fraternity), Alpha Phi Omega (co-ed service fraternity), Student Government Association, SU Slam Poetry, SU Dance Corps, peer advisor in the Office of Cross Cultural Programs, Welcome Week Planning Committee member, Alpha Lambda Delta (first-year student Honor Society), Sigma Tau Delta (English honor society), Order of Omega (Greek honor society), Pi Gamma Mu (social sciences honor society), Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership honor society), Omicron Delta Epsilon (economics honor society), Sexual Assault Taskforce member

Post-graduation plans: Graduate school for public policy

Most exciting thing about studying economics at Susquehanna:
The thing that struck me most about Susquehanna is that it is a school where I feel like I can explore all of my passions and interests. I never feel like I have to say "or" at Susquehanna. I can always say "and." The strongest example of this, for me, is when I discovered my passion for economics in Principles of Macroeconomics, even though I came in as a creative writing major. I wasn't forced to choose creative writing or economics. I was able to declare a double major of both creative writing and economics. This has also been the case when navigating extracurricular activities at SU. I am a sister of Zeta Tau Alpha, which is a women's social fraternity and has helped me grow as a person and as a leader. While Zeta Tau Alpha does amazing service events for breast cancer education and awareness, I found myself yearning to do more community based service in Selinsgrove. This is what led me to become a brother of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity. Again, I didn't have to choose between one or the other, I was able to choose both and reap some truly life changing benefits.

Biggest academic challenge:
My biggest challenge academically has been the math component to my economics degree. I came into Susquehanna with pre-calculus knowledge, but nothing higher. Some economics classes require higher knowledge than that to succeed. However, because Susquehanna doesn't have a math prerequisite for these classes, I was able to still take them. Also, the economics department hires skilled and knowledgeable student tutors every year, which gave me the support that I needed in order to increase my math skills and succeed in my classes. This experience taught me how important it is to ask for help and how hard work really can pay off.




 Robbie Lamperti

Robbie Lamperti’14

Lebanon Township, N.J. |Vorhees High School
Majors: Economics, Finance

Clubs/activities: Tau Kappa Epsilon president, Up 'Til Dawn executive member

Favorite Class:
Political Economic Thought with Dr. Matt Rousu was one of my favorite classes, because students are learning to take different approaches to beliefs that they don’t necessarily share. Additionally, the teacher and students engage with one another and learn to debate but respect each other’s views. It is very informative and a good way to portray your belief systems while being open minded to the opinions of others.

Meaningful connection with faculty member:
I feel that Dr. Rousu and I have a good working relationship where I have formed a great deal of respect for him. He has been my adviser since I declared economics in my sophomore year. He is responsible for keeping me at Susquehanna, because of the passionate way he teaches. I feel the quality of his classes couldn’t be found anywhere else. I have taken many classes with him and I feel that he challenges me. I feel a need to work extra hard because I would let him down if I didn’t succeed. I want to put forth the same effort that he does.




 Caelan Perez

Caelan Michael Wolfe X. Perez '15

Danville, Pa. | Danville Area High School
Majors: Economics (B.S.), Business Administration-Global Management Emphasis
 

Clubs/activities: Honors Program, Phi Mu Delta, Dean's Student Advisory Council, Global Business Perspectives coach, Honors Program mentor

Post-graduation plans: Beginning a career with a company

Meaningful connection with faculty member:
I connected with Dr. Bussard last year when I had him for two different classes five days a week. We connected over many topics ranging from business to lucid dreaming. Because Susquehanna has such small classes and an open environment, I felt like I could make a personal connection with Dr. Bussard and many of the people in that class.

Biggest academic challenge:
Undoubtedly, my biggest challenge would have to be Dr. Onafowora's Intermediate Microeconomics class. I've learned to not let grades impact my overall understanding of the course material and content, because at the end of the day the grade doesn't necessarily reflect what you've truly learned in a class.



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