"At Pace, I can channel my passion where it thrives: learning and creating ways to change the economy for the better. "
– Courtney Koprowicz, Class of 2023
Economics major is an emerging leader and passionate advocate for affordability and inclusivity in higher education

Why did you choose your major?

During my first semester, I remember looking at my schedule and being repulsed at the thought of attending my Monday night, macroeconomics class. Flash-forward to the future, and it had become my favorite. Everything from Professor Bollon’s teaching to the curriculum presented me with academic challenges I’ve never been exposed to before, and I felt inspired, motivated, and ready to learn. In other courses, both Professors Bollon and Weinstock centered the study of economics around societal-based issues, and I started to ask “how can I resolve this?” I found my voice in their classes, and they helped me find my calling. At Pace, I can channel my passion where it thrives: learning and creating ways to change the economy for the better.

Do you see a connection between your studies and contributing to society?

Without a doubt! My passion for economics centers heavily around education, and specifically, higher education for all. I know it’s not easy for many families to afford sending their child to college, especially in the world we live in today. One of my career goals is to financially guide those families, as well as encourage society’s youth, and let them know they can and will achieve their dreams.

Why did you choose to attend Pace? 

Long story short, a day trip into the Financial District with my family turned into my educational calling when I accidently walked into One Pace Plaza and fell in love. Although it’s a great story to tell, it isn’t the only reason behind my attendance. Everything from the university’s networking opportunities to the encouragement and guidance given to students attracted me. When I officially toured the university, a positive overwhelm of grit and drive emanated from the students and faculty, and I left wanting to be just like them. I was also a huge fan of smaller class settings for greater connectivity between professors and their students. Although it may be a smaller school than most, the family and community bond at Pace is large on love.

You received the Outstanding Emerging Leader of the 2019-2020 School Year Award from the Student Development and Campus Activities Office (SDACA). Tell us more about that.

I am blessed beyond belief to be recognized by the Pace community for this. Yes, I participated in many clubs and organizations throughout my freshman year, but purely out of an urge to make an impact and promote as much positive change and energy as I could. Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to become a leader and make the world a better place. I wanted everyone to be loved and appreciated for who they are and celebrated for their differences. I kept that same attitude going into my freshman year at Pace, and although I knew there would be challenges and disagreements, I learned that even the greatest of leaders can ask for help. It absolutely does not end with this award. I want to continue with more leadership roles on campus, as well as be a role model off campus to prospective students. I love my University; I consider Pace my home and I promise to continue making it proud.

What activities have you been involved with on campus?

Joining on-campus organizations has been the best part of freshmen year because it is how I learned the art of letting my passions soar. I am proud to work with the Welcome Center Office and Undergraduate Admissions as a tour guide; in fact, the best part of my day is meeting prospective students and hearing their stories. This position has made me extremely passionate about higher education and its availability for students of various backgrounds, cultures, beliefs, and races. I am also a featured writer for Pace’s Her Campus Media Magazine on the New York City campus, and a part of Urban Sound NYC, a competitive, hip-hop dance team that dances for the university’s events and competes throughout the year. In addition, I am a fellow in the Women’s Leadership Initiative at Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, an organization based around mentorship, female/female identified empowerment, leadership, and diversity. Further, I hold membership positions in Women in Corporate America (WICA), Women in Economics (WIE), and American Marketing Association (AMA).

What would you like to do upon graduation/what are your career goals?

I would first love to be a financial advisor for economically-challenged individuals in New York City’s five boroughs seeking higher education, and conduct seminars for financial planning nationally. I’ve also always wanted to write a book on how to best navigate the hidden and unhidden pathways within higher education for those leaning towards that route. To this end, I would take a percentage of proceeds and create a scholarship for those pursuing STEM and various business degrees or entrepreneurial paths. I would also love to continue my education with Pace’s Master of Science in Applied Quantitative Economic Analysis and Policy (MSAQEAP), followed by doctoral studies in economics. Long-term, I’d like to teach at Pace and work my way up in higher administration roles, eventually to president of the university! If I am lucky enough to hold that position, I want to make sure my students have my full attention, and I will work one-on-one with every student organization and office (on both campuses) to enforce the practices of justice, equality, mental health advocacy, and more throughout my university.

What advice, if any, would you like to give to our current students?

It might sound crazy, but any time I’m working towards a goal, I manifest its outcomes. I simply speak into existence my hopes for the future, and if it goes my way, it goes my way, and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t! I’m also a big advocate for mental health and the Pace Active Minds organization are great mind and wellness ambassadors on the New York City campus. I’ve had my experiences with mental health struggles throughout high school and during some of my freshman year at Pace, so I would advise others to learn to prioritize and self-advocate your mental health, as you and your mind are irreplaceable. Also, always ask questions and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Lastly, enjoy yourself, your life, stand up for what you believe, and don’t let anyone tell you how you should feel, act, or do because this is your story!

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