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My name is Michael Giordano, and I am going to become an Economist.

I am still a long way away, but am working every day to make that a reality. Step 1 is commitment, Step 2 is to prepare for graduate education in the field, Step 3 is acceptance and graduation from a PhD program in Economics, and Step 4 is to expand the field.

Each step has its challenges. Commitment in particular is something that has to happen every day. It isn’t something that has a finish line, rather, it is a daily challenge to maintain that commitment even when doubt, struggle, and past failures are all working against me. I am working towards a life where I am committed and driven to expand the field of economics on a daily basis.

  1. Commitment
  2. Preparation
    • GRE ScoresGRE Scores
    • Mathematics
    • Calculus 1
      • Status: Completed, B
        • Institution: Illinois State University
    • Calculus 2
      • Status: Completed, A
        • Institution: University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign
    • Calculus 3
      • Status: Completed, B (Retaking course Spring 2019)
    • Linear Algebra
      • Status: Enrolled Winter 2019
        • Institution: Northwestern University
    • Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes
      • Status: Enrolled Fall 2018
        • Institution: Northwestern University
    • Intro to Mathematical Proofs
      • Status: Planned Summer 2019
    • Real Analysis
      • Status: Planned Fall 2019
    • Economics
    • Intro to Micro/Macro
      • Status, Completed, A
        • Institution, Illinois State University
    • Intermediate Micro
      • Status: Completed, B (Retaking course Winter 2019)
    • Intermediate Micro 2
      • Status: Enrolled Spring 2019
        • Institution: Northwestern University
    • Intermediate Macro
      • Status: Completed, B (Retaking course Fall 2018)
    • Intro to Econometrics
      • Status: Completed, B (Retaking course Spring 2019)
    • International Economics
      • Status: Completed, A
        • Institution: Illinois State University
    • Public Finance
      • Status: Completed, A
        • Institution: Illinois State University
    • Research/Teaching
      • Teaching Assistant, 2013
        • Institution: Illinois State University
          • Managing Professor: Rajeev Goel
  3. Acceptance and Graduation
    • List of Schools Applying to (In order of Rank*):
      • 7. Northwestern University
      • 7. University of Chicago
      • 12. University of Wisconsin: Madison
      • 12. University of Michigan: Ann Arbor
      • 16. University of Minnesota: Twin Cities
      • 27. University of Texas: Austin
      • 35. Vanderbilt University
      • 39. Indiana University: Bloomington
      • 47. University of Notre Dame
    • Anticipated Start: Fall 2020
  4. Expand the Field
    • International Macroeconomics and Development
      • Researching the causes and effects of economic growth and progress, especially as it relates to developing nations, regional inequality, effects of trade and globalization, and public policy.