"I've always had a love for economics, but that love has been shared with the humanities as well, which is why I opted to join the Humanities Residential College. Economics has broadened my understanding of the world."
My dad (Frank Davis '82) is on the Alumni Board, and I had come with him to a diversity alumni gathering where there were several people from the admissions office. I was unfamiliar with the University and only knew that it was an ivy-class institution that my dad had attended, and I couldn't get into. I got into a debate about global warming, and afterwards, people from the admissions staff handed me their cards and encouraged me to apply. I met later with the president, who told me that I was the kind of person Bucknell needs. No other school had treated me like that. At that moment, I aimed to come to Bucknell. My high school GPA had been between a 2.7 and a 2.9, but I went back my junior and senior year and tried to succeed again. I finished my last two years of high school with a 3.8 GPA. I thought Bucknell was unattainable, but I buckled down, toughened up, and made it.
I've always had a love for economics, but that love has been shared with the humanities as well, which is why I opted to join the Humanities Residential College. I had taken a couple years of Greek and Latin in high school, and an additional year of Latin here. Another course in Roman Civilization earned me a minor in classics in just three semesters. So, I will probably end up with a double major in classics with economics.
But again, on my love for economics, it has broadened my understanding of the world. Economic factors are ubiquitous. You cannot do anything without a consideration for economics. You can't do most things well without an understanding of economics and how money works. Realizing this ubiquity, I wanted to know as much about economics as possible. So, I became an economics major. I wanted to know how to formulate plans to make the world a better place, and hopefully I'll be able to do just that in my honors thesis.
I am starting a business with another student and working to establish my own record label. Being class president my first year was a point of pride — we actively fundraised and had great participation. I started Movement for Manner, which I consider an active petition. It's an organization loosely defined with messages surrounded by one single point. That is, we should watch the manner in which we do things in all facets of life. It deals with sexual assault, how we treat others. Five hundred members in 24 hours is a bold statement. Several faculty approached me about making it a club, but it has to develop naturally. I have the opportunity here to get involved in things I care about and do them in an independent manner. My fraternity, Chi Phi, is also very important to me. I have 75 brothers, not just friends, but brothers.
Posted May 6, 2011
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