Here we feature our alumni’s Oxy experiences and diverse career paths after Oxy.
William Huang '16
Winner of 2014 Jim Halstead Award for outstanding commitment to helping others learn Economics
My time at Oxy has been characterized by one word: opportunity. Opportunities to make amazing connections, opportunities to explore new passions, opportunities to grow professionally—opportunities to realize my dreams. But it’s the sum of “the little things”— from making new friends to enjoying an L.A. sunset to finding creative ways to get more toppings on my pasta bar pasta—that have made my collegiate experience here truly memorable. I’ve been truly fortunate to have been surrounded by such bright, unique, and absurdly talented individuals
Sid Saravat '15
Vice President of A.S.O.C. Senate
At Oxy, I received an interdisciplinary education with lots of leadership opportunities. I had the honor of serving as the Vice President of the Senate, overseeing the process that allocates $700,000+ for student organizations. Additionally, being a founding member of Oxypreneurship, Resident Advisor, and participant in a college sponsored business program gave me valuable skills and confidence. I interned at an investment management firm in the summer of my junior year before heading to the Oxy-at-the-UN program in the fall. In the future, I plan to attend business school and work in the financial services or management consulting industry.
Tyler Radler '14
Federal Reserve Board
I majored in Mathematics and Economics at Oxy. Some of my favorite classes included Game Theory, Macro Policy since the Great Depression, Geometry, and The Russian Experience. I was the Sales Analysis Manager at the Green Bean during my Junior and Senior year. I ran for the Track and Cross Country teams and was also a member of Impact Fund. After graduating, I will be working at the Federal Reserve Board as a research assistant in the Macroeconomic Analysis Division for a couple of years and then hopefully pursue a PhD in Economics.
Aleksandra Radojevic '14
I chose a double major in Economics and Spanish Literary Studies at Oxy. I worked as a grader in classes from Economics 101 to electives and senior seminars. I also worked as an economics peer adviser at the CAE. I did the URC summer research program and wrote a paper titled ”Student Loans at Occidental College.” This project was later expanded for my economics honors thesis. Finally, I was a co-president of the Occidental Impact Fund and received a Schwartz Grant to volunteer in microfinance in Ecuador. I will be working as a research fellow at FWD.us, a lobby group in Boston.
Mary Bemis '13
Capital Markets, Ipreo
My experience in the Economics department, as well as on the Blyth Fund, prepared me well for my career after college. After graduation, I contacted an Oxy alumna about a position as an Analyst on the Capital Markets team at Ipreo in New York City. In my work, I communicate directly with the Capital Markets desks of bulge bracket investment banks aiding them in the new issuance capital raising process, as well as uphold our service bureau relationship with the New York Stock Exchange. I am thankful for both the preparation Oxy gave me and the close-knit group of alumni who are always willing to help!
Robert Sandoval '13
University of Chicago Law School and US Attorneys’ Office
While attending Oxy I was an Economics and Politics double-major and worked in the ASOC Finance Office. I was interested in learning the foundations of political and business leadership, and I studied the economics of voter turnout, immigration, and law. Since graduating, I attend the University of Chicago Law School, and my background in economics helped me become Research Assistant to Professor Eric Posner. This summer I am working in Los Angeles as a Law Clerk in the Civil Division of the US Attorneys’ Office, and at Susman Godfrey, as a Trial Lawyer Fellow in their high-stakes commercial litigation practice. I will always be grateful to my family, friends, and faculty at Oxy for their support and look forward to what the future brings.
Aja Sanneh '13
USC School of Law
Thanks largely to Professors Ashenmiller and Upson-Saia, my Oxy experience was crafted by utilizing school resources and transforming them into educational, transformative experiences. Thus, I participated in programs such as the Politics Department’s New Orleans trip, Study Abroad, ASOC, and Telefund; all of which taught me two things: (1) the ability to articulate someone else’s point-of-view is the key to problem-solving and, (2) don’t be afraid to ask for advice. Currently, I attend USC Law, am working as a summer judicial extern for a federal judge, and I am beginning to seriously consider what field of law to pursue.
Trace Wallace '10
Loyola Marymount University, Urban Education and Teach For America
I currently work for Teach For America as a new teacher coach and curriculum designer. Prior to that, I traveled for six months in Asia and Africa, dedicating part of my time to volunteer with an orphanage in Uganda. I taught secondary math for three years as a 2010 Los Angeles Teach For America corps member. In 2012, I obtained a Masters in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount University. I graduated from Oxy in 2010 with a degree in economics. During that time, I played football, competed in business plan competitions, and served as Mortar Board president.
Joseph Wyer '10
University of Oregon
I discovered the Economics department while satisfying DWA major requirements. The social science methodology of modeling economic behavior and searching for real world evidence appealed to me, and after a summer research project with Professor Mary Lopez, I decided to pursue a career in economic research. I graduated with a double major in Economics and DWA, but needed more math classes. I implore all economics students to take more math as well as learn to write well (read Deirdre McCloskey’s Economical Writing). I entered the PhD Economics program at the University of Oregon a year, and many math classes later, I now study Industrial Organization and Transportation Economics while teaching courses focusing in Industrial Organization and Public Policy.
Abiel Garcia '09
California Attorney General’s Office
While at Oxy, I was Co-Captain of the Men’s Water Polo team and majored in Economics, graduating with honors. Since then, I attended The Law School at Columbia University, where I was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and ran the wine tasting society. After graduation, I moved back to California, and now work for the California Attorney General’s Office as a Deputy Attorney General in the Antitrust Section. Most of my work relates to healthcare issues in antitrust, ranging from pharmaceutical agreements to healthcare mergers. I occasionally work on intellectual property and net neutrality issues.
Jimmy Gillan '08
UC Berkeley and Energy Institute
I graduated from Oxy in 2008 with degrees in economics and mathematics. I took a position in the Research Division of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank. I arrived just before the Great Recession, and while I was there I co-authored two working papers, helped with FOMC briefings, and honed my programming skills. In 2012, I decided to return to school and was accepted into the PhD program at the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at UC Berkeley. My research interests are in environmental and energy economics, and I also work as a researcher at the Energy Institute at Haas.
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