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Thao Duong


Hometown: Hanoi, Vietnam
Majors: Economics and Mathematics
Concentration: Environmental Studies
Study Abroad: Erlangen, Germany
Best Adjective to Describe You: Affectionate

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
Being able to connect with fellow K students within the department, students who are interested in economics, and amazing professors.

What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
Explore the diversity of interesting classes with professors who specialize in various fields of Economics. Do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions on the department, major and economic classes. I and the professors are more than welcome to answer your questions and give you advice on your academic career.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
The most valuable thing I’ve learned at K is to be open to new opportunities. There are plenty of chances to experience new things, gain excellent academic achievement and develop inner growth at K. Challenging yourself with various opportunities will open your world to new possibilities.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Economic Development and Growth with Professor Hultberg. Growing up in Vietnam, I have always wondered the meaning of economic development and why some countries are considered developed and some are developing.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
I have explored many classes in different departments at K to widen my knowledge. Since economics has strong connections with other disciplines, having extensive knowledge helps me study economics in more depth.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
Last summer, I had a chance to intern at Delaware County Planning Department with a K alumni. This summer, I am fortunate to become a research assistant for the director of Vietnam Economic and Policy Research Institute.

What is your SIP?
I am researching the relationship between environmental cost and economic gain through trade liberalization with a case study of Vietnam.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
My plan after K is to pursue my PhD in Economics.

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