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Philip Mulder


Portage, MI
Economics and Math
Study Abroad:
London School of Economics
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Chunky Monkey
Best Adjective to Describe You:

In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Understand decisions of individuals, businesses, governments, and everything in between.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I was attracted to economics as a way to understand the world. The economics department’s comparative advantage is definitely the openness and helpfulness of its professors.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Don’t confine your economics education to the classroom. Talk to the professors and read blogs, books, and economics articles. Ask me if you want any suggestions!

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I love to play board games, and Settlers of Catan is all about trade while Agricola is about making the most of limited resources. During Humans Versus Zombies, you’ll only survive by being a rational actor. I’m also active in the Economics and Business Club, which sometimes has a bit to do with economics. If you pressed me, I could come up with a way that swing dancing and economics are related.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
The greatest joys in life come from your friends.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
The class that made the biggest impression on me was Renaissance Art History with Billy Fisher. I learned to appreciate and enjoy art in an entirely new way.

What is your SIP?
I am assessing whether there is a connection between the quantitative easing actions by the Federal Reserve and rising art prices.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
Ultimately, I want to get a PhD in economics. I might pursue other opportunities in government or the private sector before going to grad school to make sure research is right for me. 

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