Career goals, defined
"After I graduate, I want to pursue a doctorate. I see that with my background, I can do social activism -- which really interests me."
Matt McAnear '13, economics and mathematics
Update: After graduation, Matt is headed to the University of Pennsylvania to pursue a master's in non-profit leadership. He plans to one day earn a doctorate in either sociology or demography, or both.
"When I found out I had to take calculus to fill a requirement, I was worried. I thought I was horrible at the subject, but Professor Peter Brooksbank encouraged me to seek help whenever I needed it. Soon, I was excelling and I decided to major in mathematics and add a second major in economics. I at first thought economics was all about the nuts and bolts of the economy.
"I loved the material so much that my professors suggested I get involved in research. They connected me with Carl Milofsky, a professor of sociology who was creating a survey to find out more about local residents' access to healthcare. I gathered patient satisfaction data and analyzed overall trends by demographic indicators, like race and age.
"The experience has defined my career goals. After I graduate, I want to pursue a doctorate. I see that with my background, I can do social activism -- which really interests me."
Matt is from Morristown, Tenn. || Watch Matt's video: Advice on Coming to Bucknell from Out-of-StatePosted February 10, 2012