My name is Caroline Dickinson and I am an International Affairs Scholars student at The Ohio State University. I am studying economics as my major with the possibility of getting my masters or attending law school. I am currently involved with Crossroads Group which is an organization that provides meals to the homeless every Sunday. I am also part of the social committee for the College of Arts and Sciences Student Council. During high school I traveled to Ireland and Northern Ireland were I studied the peace process between the religiously divided nation. While in Belfast we attended a lecture comparing Ireland’s religious divide to the United States’s racism, which shed light to their similarities. My goal is to continue studying the civil conflicts among countries and how the unrest affects the economy of the country. I am a hard worker and value other’s opinions and views on issues that affect our world. I aspire to study abroad again to expand my knowledge on ongoing issues that impact our society.
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When I first started college I was an economics major, but I did not think I would stick with the major. I was talking to one of my friends about what I would switch my major too and she recommended I read the book Freakonomics. The book was about two variables, that seemed unrelated but had economic ties that made them very much dependent upon each other. For example abortion and crime rate. In 1970 abortion became legal, which increased the number of abortions performed. In the 1990s there was a sharp decrease in the crime rate that could not be explained. The book Freakonomics argues that since the children who were going to be unwanted, neglected, and impoverished (factors that commonly create a criminal) were never born, they could never become criminals. Regardless of one’s stance on the issue of abortion, the theory is quite interesting.
I found myself very interested in how the economy works after I read the book and how seemingly unrelated events affects the economy. I was then excited to be an economics major and was and am still very excited to go to class. The book Freakonomics opened my eyes to how interesting studying economics can be and kept me from changing my major.