Yesenia Olguin is a senior at Appalachian majoring in Economics, with a double minor in Supply Chain Management and International Business.
She’s a first generation college student whose parents immigrated to the United States. “My parents have been very supportive of my education, but I’ve had to do a lot on my own,” Olguin said. “Luckily, my Appalachian family has been just as supportive and helpful; I’ve gained a lot of mentors during my time at Appalachian who have given me so many opportunities and support.”
Olguin thinks her experiences have made her more resourceful and extremely driven. She capitalizes on the opportunities in the Department of Economics to grow personally and professionally.
“Economics is a field in which you never stop learning,” said Olguin. “That’s what really attracted me to the major. It gives you the tools you need to learn on your own and make educated decisions.”
Access to student-focused professors is one of Olguin’s favorite aspects of her major. “I have yet to meet an economics professor at Appalachian that won’t take the extra mile for my education,” she explained.
“If you want professors that will invest time into your education and will be there when you need further explanation, then Appalachian is the place to be…
“Appalachian encourages its professors to continue their own education in their fields, and that trickles down to the students,” she said.
Olguin feels prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation. “What I’ve learned though my Economics degree can be applied to many different fields, and it brings a different perspective to each,” she said. After graduation, Olguin will pursue a career with a focus on sustainable business development.
Yesenia Olguin said the opportunities she has had in the Department of Economics have helped her grow personally and professionally.