Phi Beta Kappa’s ‘Senior 48’

December 1, 2016
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The Economics Department is proud to announce that two of our concentrators Anne Deng ’17 and Shawheen Rezaei ’17 were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa’s ‘Senior 48’.  We commend them for their hard work!

Get to know our newest PBK inductees:

Anne Deng

Short bio (where you’re from, what you like to do, what house you’re in, etc):

Hi everyone! My name is Anne Deng, and I am a senior in Leverett House concentrating in economics. I am from Katy, TX (near Houston), but I will be working in New York City after graduation. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing, watching Chinese dramas/trying to improve my Chinese, and reading.

Fun fact about you:
I used to be on the National Junior Table Tennis team

Favorite Ec class so far:
All of them!! But if I had to name one, I really enjoyed Econ 1400 because we wrote trade memos and acted them out, which I thought was a fun way to learn the material

What interests you about economics?
It's a way to put a number to everything (even though that sometimes horrifies people)

Do you have any advice (economic, academic, or otherwise) for fellow concentrators?
Being a Unit Review Tutor for Ec10 is probably one of the best jobs on campus!
 

Shawheen Rezaei

Short bio (where you’re from, what you like to do, what house you’re in, etc):
My name is Shawheen Rezaei, and I am originally from Newton, MA. I live in Leverett House, and enjoy exploring all of the opportunities House life has to offer (such as Lev yoga, the art room, and study breaks). I am particularly interested in innovation and economic development in the Middle East, and have traveled to the region several times while at Harvard.

Fun fact about you:
I have travelled to more than 15 different countries during my time at Harvard. One of my most meaningful travel experiences was to Khartoum, Sudan, where I worked as a research assistant for the World Bank Sudan Country Office and had the privilege of attending a traditional Sudanese wedding.

Favorite Ec class so far:
My favorite Ec class so far has been my sophomore tutorial, "Markets and the Environment," taught by Dr. Rebecca Toseland.

What interests you about economics?
I decided to concentrate in economics after reading Dr. Muhammad Yunus' Banker to the Poor the summer before attending Harvard, which was when I first learned how useful an economics skillset was for tackling pressing social issues.

Do you have any advice (economic, academic, or otherwise) for fellow concentrators?
I would strongly advise fellow concentrators to take advantage of our long summer and winter breaks to explore real-life applications of economics. Harvard has a great deal of funding to pursue what you are passionate about, and I highly recommend making use of it!