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Alison Ware ’16
Harvard, Mass.

First-year analyst at J.P. Morgan in the Investment Grade Finance group; double major in economics and international relations, summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; co-captain of the HWS Alpine Ski Team; economics teaching fellow; writing colleague; studied abroad in Argentina; on twin brother, Patrick ’16: “My finest characteristics are because of him. He’s my best friend.”

I became interested in economics when I was in ninth grade and the stock market crashed. I wanted to understand the bigger picture of how the economy works and what my dad was reading in the Wall Street Journal every day. My first-year seminar at HWS, “Why Aren’t All Countries Rich,” challenged my beliefs. What stands in the way of countries achieving growth and prosperity? Do we have a moral responsibility to assist countries out of poverty? That course and my curiosity to understand the workings of the world beyond the classroom walls were the reasons I pursued an economics major. Economics is a broad major that opens the door to many career options. The more I investigated the possibilities, the more I understood that banking was the right place for me.

Meeting Eric Stein ‘89, head of North American Investment Banking for J.P. Morgan, during a Career Services trip to New York City, solidified my desire to try banking. He has been an incredible mentor. My internship with J.P. Morgan was like a summer-long job interview and I was thrilled to get an offer of work after graduation.

There is a conversation happening on campus, one about politics, class and gender. Economics is one of the largest majors at HWS but it’s predominantly male and conservative. The classroom conversations sometimes reflect that stereotype but women are becoming increasingly more vocal and interested in economics, changing the dialogue of the classroom and the field itself. I’ve learned it is essential to look at economics through different political, gender and global perspectives and hope to keep those perspectives as I capitalize on my economics education in the ‘real world.’


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