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Siga Kisielius


Downers Grove, IL
Study Abroad:
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Orange Sherbet
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In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Great teachers and a very applicable major with countless opportunities.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
Prior to college, I had always loved math and working with numbers.  However, continuing math in college seemed to be increasingly abstract and I was losing interest.  Then I took an introductory economics course at K and I loved the application of math to very real, everyday things and I really enjoyed learning concepts that are so often heard in the news.  Ever since then, I have thoroughly enjoyed taking economics courses as the subjects, theories and concepts we learn in class are very applicable.  Taking different classes in the department allows me to realize just how important economics is in our everyday lives and to gain a better understanding of how the world works.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Find ways to be more involved with economics, it makes learning concepts and theories in class so much more interesting and applicable.  Whether it’s having an internship, joining the econ & business club, or simply reading the Wall Street Journal, find ways to make real world applications of what you are learning in class and get more involved with your major. 

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
Being an economics student, I was interested in joining the economics & business club.  I enjoyed discussing current economic/business news, listening to guest speakers and getting to participate in the club’s activities.  Likewise, I have looked for internships that have been related to my department including working as a business development intern, as an assistant to a financial advisor and in consulting and competitive intelligence.  The great thing about being an economics major is that it opens the door to so many different opportunities!

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
I think especially in studying abroad in Thailand, I really learned to take ownership of my learning and to get excited and interested in what I am learning.  The program was unique in the sense that it was less structured and more of an experiential type of learning; therefore, it required much more initiative and a genuine curiosity to truly learn. 

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite class at K has been environmental and resource economics.  I think what really interested me in this subject was realizing how much sustainability is an economic issue.  More often than not, we simply think about climate change, environmental degradation and so on in biological terms. We completely ignore the fact that our current marketplace fails to provide proper incentives for some of our biggest polluters, large corporations, to act in sustainable manners.  I found this class fascinating as it taught me ways in which proper market incentives could help in terms of sustainability. 

What is your SIP?
For my SIP, I am looking into ESG investing and whether a business case for sustainability exists in the marketplace, in which sustainable efforts are rewarded with higher profits or other better overall corporate performance.  ESG has become shorthand for investment methodologies that embrace ESG or sustainability factors as a means of helping to identify companies with superior business models.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I hope to secure a job at a management consulting firm or competitive intelligence firm.  I want to work for a while and then eventually go to grad school.

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