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Senior Advice: Cherrnal Lewis

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Graduating senior Cherrnal Lewis '17 is ready to take on Wall Street. But before she crosses the stage at Commencement, she's got some sound advice for the Class 2021.

From presenting research on the financial literacy of college students at the Economic Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research at the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank to presenting research on the labor markets to Federal Reserve Bank of New York members as part of Pace's award-winning College Federal Reserve Challenge Team, graduating Economics major Cherrnal Lewis '17 is ready for the next step in her career: Wall Street. But before she goes, she looks back at her four years and shares some advice for future generations.

What’s something you wish someone had told you about your first week at Pace: Start saving money as soon as possible!

Favorite professor: Mark Weinstock. He has been my professor and academic advisor and has contributed the most to my success. He believed in me even when I doubted myself.

Most interesting class: Current Dance in NY. It was designed so that students from various backgrounds could learn about and discuss dance. We had the opportunity to attend theatre and dance shows biweekly! It was great that I was able to bring in my knowledge of economics to educate the class about the connections between entertainment and economics. 

Something you wish you had spent more time doing: I wish I would have been more adventurous and explored the city more.

Resource/office that helped you the most: The Economics Department

Favorite spot on campus: The Resident Advisor office in 182 Broadway

Best club, org, or activity for incoming students: I highly recommend Women in Corporate America because it promotes women supporting each other in the business world.

Best way to prep for finals: Study as much as possible, well in advance, and utilize the Tutoring Center. The tutors are incredibly helpful.

What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you to help prepare you for your senior year of college: Complete your senior thesis junior year and take all math courses before senior year.

Advice for the Class of 2021: You are stronger than you know. Keep pushing and strengthening yourselves. Your work and endurance will pay off!

Have any last words? Leave a bit of your legacy behind for the incoming Class of 2021. Share your favorite memories at Pace and some of your parting words of wisdom for the Setters you are leaving behind! Fill out our survey at We'll share your stories!