My SUE Story: Meet Director of Communications Tiara Kerr

February 22, 2016

How old are you?:

20

What year are you in?:

3rd year Economics

Where are you from originally?:

Prince George, BC! Represent!

Why Economics, and was it your first choice?:

I chose economics because it was the only area of study I could find that requires equal strength in both analytical/ logical/ mathematical skills and creative/ philosophical/ communication skills. I started out in business but fell in love when I read New Ideas from Dead Economists as a bonus assignment.

What degree do you hope to graduate with?:

Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics

What is your position with SUE?:

I am a Director, specifically of Ccommunications. I am like an assistant to  the VP of Communications.

Describe your job with SUE:

I don’t really have a set job the way that  the VP’s do, so I kind of help out everywhere I can. Though my primary responsibility is keeping up marketing material like the newsletter and blog posts, I also do lots of odd jobs like helping run events, attending to SUE promotional tables, and communicating with members. Basically I'm available for anything they need me for.

What made you want to join SUE?:

I saw how few students knew about SUE and had access to the great events that were being hosted and I knew that I could help fix that. I also wanted to make a postive impact on my school overall. I was used to being in a community of really involved students from my time at Trinity Western University.

What is your favorite part of working with SUE?:

I am able to make a positive impact on the U of C community, specifically for my fellow econ students. I am able to help provide for them opportunities that I missed either because they weren’t available to me or I was too lazy to take advantage of them.

What do you wish you had done differently during first year?:

I transferred from a different University so my first year at U of C was really my second year of university. I wish that I had gotten more involved in the Economics community, specifically SUE. I didn’t go to a single event or talk to more than a handful of econ students until the end of second semester. I spent so many hours wasting time in the library watching videos. I convinced myself that I was studying but there was so much I could have been doing with my time. I essentially wasted a whole year of relationship building and gaining experience.

 

What is your favorite Econ course and why?:

That’s a tough question. I really enjoyed 377- Environmental Economics but there is something really cool about discovering relationships in real data through econometrics courses (no matter how difficult they are at the time).

Favorite non-econ course?:

I took the outstanding course History 333: The Age of Totalitarianism. Totally changed the way I look at the world both, past and present.

Favorite SUE event this year?:

Although Industry Night was great, I’m a passionate attender of Study Hall every Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 in SS403. There’s nothing that bonds students quite like wrestling with difficult concepts together over a chalk board covered in graphs and algebra!

 

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?:

I play the piano and ukulele (With great enthusiasm, but not always great skill).

Favorite place to study?:

Study Hall on Tuesdays, or an empty classroom, if I can find one. Otherwise the basement of McKimmie is usually alright.

 Favorite place to eat on campus?:

The Vietnamese place close to A&W!

Is there a song, book, or movie that changed your life? If so which one?:

The movies Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind and Upstream Color affected me significantly, but I have to go with the book New Ideas from Dead Economists since without that book I wouldn’t be at U of C or even in Economics.

 

What is your greatest piece of advice for other students?:

Don’t miss out on important life opportunities because you’re so set on day to day responsibilities like studying. So many students miss out on countless opportunities that are equally important for preparing for real life because they think they only have time for studying. It’s true that studying takes up a lot of time- I’m in the Honours program so I know that very well first hand. But I also know from experience that going to an hour long social hosted by SUE as a study break is way better than saying that you’re going to study but instead watching cat videos or staring blankly at a textbook page. The truth is, building relationships with your fellow students is what makes studying more efficient and longer lasting than going it alone.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?:

I play the piano and ukulele (With great enthusiasm, but not always great skill).

Favorite place to study?:

Study Hall on Tuesdays, or an empty classroom, if I can find one. Otherwise the basement of McKimmie is usually alright.

 Favorite place to eat on campus?:

The Vietnamese place close to A&W!

Is there a song, book, or movie that changed your life? If so which one?:

The movies Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind and Upstream Color affected me significantly, but I have to go with the book New Ideas from Dead Economists since without that book I wouldn’t be at U of C or even in Economics.

 

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