Scripps Students Reinvent Economics Society

By Aliza Mayer ’23

For many Scripps students, choosing a major is a journey of exploration. For some, taking just one course completely changes their perspective, inspiring them to follow a previously unexpected path. For others, a major eventually emerges from the pattern of interesting classes they’ve chosen each semester. And for still others, membership in a pre-professional or academic club provides helpful guidance for a major decision.

The Scripps College Economics Society (SCES) is one such club. SCES was once a popular club at Scripps; however, during the pandemic, a group of newly declared sophomore economics majors found that it hadn’t transitioned online. They decided to revive the club and center their own values of inclusion and female empowerment. “This club aims to provide diverse resources and support for all of its members, both current students and alumnae, through career-focused workshops, events with faculty, and community-based activities,” says Katie Eu ’23, the SCES co-president.

When students returned to campus in the fall, demand for the club was overwhelming. More than 70 students are now registered members of SCES. “I joined SCES to create connections with classmates who are also interested in pursuing an economics major that I otherwise would not have been able to meet,” says Catherine Sunding ’25. “Meeting other upperclassmen who have been in my situation has already been extremely helpful.”

SCES not only offers a sense of community for anyone considering economics as a major or minor, it also offers informative events such as guest speakers and networking opportunities. This semester, the SCES board has already organized a student and faculty mixer; a presentation by Claremont Graduate University Assistant Professor of Economic Sciences Matthew Ross; and a résumé, LinkedIn, and network-building workshop.

Assistant Professor of Economics Nicholas Kacher, the SCES faculty advisor, has been impressed with the club’s revitalization and focus. “Students spend lots of time together in class,” he says, “but Scripps Economics Society is a great chance for learning, professional development, and socialization outside the classroom.”