One of Infotech Consulting’s Summer 2020 Interns, Hallie Mille, sat down to answer a couple of critical questions about her academic interests, her internship expectations, and her desired superpower. Check out this interview to get a glimpse of the next generation.
What university are you attending and what is your area of study?
What drew you to that area of study?
I always enjoyed math growing up, but I never thought I would major in it. Likewise, I had never considered majoring in economics and didn’t even really know what it was all about before coming to college. I took an introductory economics class the fall of my freshman year because it was the prerequisite for a marketing class I wanted to take in the spring semester, as I was interested in exploring an intersection of art and business at the time. I ended up loving the economics class, and that is when I started thinking about majoring in it. I decided to go the route of math-econ instead of econ because I liked the modeling aspect of the field, and math-econ prepares you better for empirical work.
What has been your favorite course outside of your area of study?
While it is recommended for my major, it is technically not required, so I would say my introductory computer programming class where we were introduced to Python was one of my favorites. However, outside of that – and more outside of my area of study – I enjoyed the content of my First-Year Writing Seminar at Furman. We used the representations of prisons in film and television shows as a basis for our assignments, exploring pressing matters in the prison system, such as race and transgender issues.
What are you hoping to gain, learn, or experience during your Infotech Consulting internship?
In just over a week of my internship, I have already read about how econometric skills I have learned in the classroom are applied in consulting’s work. It has been cool to see that connection and how the skills can be used to help people, so I am excited to explore it more throughout the summer. I am also hoping to gain some data analytics experience, particularly with software like SAS.
Do you have any pets? What kind and what are their names?
I have an English Springer Spaniel named Jax!
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Definitely teleportation! I actually don’t typically mind sitting in a car, a plane, etc. (except for driving when traffic is stressful), but it would still make it so much faster to go anywhere. Plus, I could travel all over the world without worrying about the expenses of plane tickets. It would even come in handy for the little moments like when I am lying on the couch late at night and need to go to bed but have no motivation to actually get up and walk upstairs. Don’t you wish you could just teleport to bed when you’re tired?!
Share a fun fact about yourself.
Hmm, I have never been great at coming up with fun facts, but one thing is that I am obsessed with women’s soccer, or WOSO as we like to call it. I have been to several very exciting games this past year, including the Women’s World Cup Quarter Final between the US and France in Paris and one of their Victory Tour matches at which I got to sit in the front row near the US bench!