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Economics Profile: Kelly Chapman

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Majors: Economics and International Studies
Minor: French
Activities/Clubs: Member and two-time captain of the volleyball team; member of the Gammas; President of the Food and Justice Club; intern at Lynchburg Neighborhood Development Foundation; recipient of the Carl Stern Award for Excellence in Economics

Advanced Degrees: J.D. Georgetown University Law Center, 2017
Position: Venture Capital Fund and Securities Regulatory Attorney at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, & Rosati

Small Classes

“As counterintuitive as it may seem, the small class sizes and individualized attention at the College prepared me to make my voice heard in larger settings. In addition, due to this focus on the individual, not only was I held accountable, but I was pushed and supported to do my best and explore my passions. This led directly to me pushing myself to go to law school, to seek out challenging internships, and eventually to where I am now.”

The Faculty

“The professors truly make you feel as though you’re part of a larger team or family – they don’t just sit passively in an ivory tower. They are the real deal and the full package – they are smart, experienced, and genuinely care about their students. They are truly diamonds in the rough, and the heart of the College. ”

“Initially, I took economics simply to fulfill requirements for my global studies degree (and was quite terrified, knowing it was a difficult subject – majoring in it never crossed my mind). Early on, in my first Econ course, Dr. Abell wrote a simple note to me on an early exam asking if I would consider being an economics major – it was a small gesture, but it changed everything – I never dreamed someone would think I had what it took to major in the subject and confidence that I could excel at it. It is that type of individualized attention and care, and genuine encouragement, that the Econ/Business professors exhibit that helps students identify untapped interest and talent, and for which I am beyond grateful. That care and encouragement continued every day through and beyond graduation. ”

The Liberal Arts


“With a liberal arts education at the College, you don’t just learn static facts, or how to do one skill in particular. You learn a way of thinking, and how to adapt and adjust when you do not know the answer, or even how to find the answer. It teaches you and instills in you the confidence to find your own way in uncharted territory – to know that you can figure something out without being given the solution first.”

“This is incredibly important in a career like mine. I draw daily on my critical and economic thinking skills, developed through my broad array of classes at the College and specifically in the Economic department. And, this education instills a confidence in me to know that if I seek to pivot to a different career, I’ll be prepared to learn and grow as I go.”

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