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Priya Yeganathan
Photo by Jordan Beauchamp, '12

NAME: Priya Yeganathan, '12

MAJOR: International Business

BIRTHPLACE: Colombo, Sri Lanka

THANKS, KARLA MORGAN! I was terrified in my first economics class, because we had to interpret theory into graphs. But Dr. Morgan's way of teaching and engaging with students makes learning much simpler. She is always ready to help and is very friendly.

CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS: My favorite class is Financial Management. We studied financial analysis and made stock market analyses. It's the best feeling when you figure out the reasons for the various stock market ups and downs.

YOU CAN'T BEAT EXPERIENCE: My sophomore and junior years, I interned at the U.S. embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I worked in the public affairs office, compiling remarks for the public affairs officer and coordinating activities for Sri Lankan relief programs.

This spring I interned at the International Trade Alliance, in Spokane, conducting research on the North American Free Trade Agreement and other policies regarding Washington State export and import regulations.

DIGGING DEEP: At Whitworth, I did a case analysis on Amazon.com and Intel Corp., and I researched and wrote papers on Washington State trade, economic development in Sri Lanka, and international trade in Germany.

COFFEE ANYONE? I love Whitworth professors' willingness to make time to engage with students, to listen to them, and help them make the right choices. Dine with a Mind (vouchers for faculty and students to have a meal or coffee at the café) played a major role.

WHAT'S NEXT? I will work for a year and then I plan to enter the Ph.D. program in economics at the University of Washington in fall 2013.

DOWN THE ROAD: I'd like to do research in economics, concentrating on trade and finance with economic development. Being born and raised in a developing country, and taking an economic development class at Whitworth, intrigued me to take this path.

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