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Spotlighted Student: Yiqi (Ethan) Pan '14

Yiqi (Ethan) Pan ’14, who is from Suzhou, China, heard about Haverford College through his high school counselor. Ethan was pleased to learn that Haverford was a small liberal arts school with academic excellence and attractive financial aid offerings. He entered Haverford expecting to focus on Anthropology and East Asian Studies. However, after taking a few economics courses such as Introduction to Economics, Introduction to Statistics and Games and Strategies, Ethan became fascinated with economics and statistics theories. He especially likes being able to back up arguments with data and logical reasoning.

As an international student, Ethan was always interested in promoting diversity and multiculturalism on campus. For two years he was the program coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and helped organized events with the Asian Arts Initiative. He also served as the President of the International Student Association managing the budget and organizing activities and field trips. Ethan extends his passion in diversity and equal opportunity into his senior thesis. Professor Mudd’s Junior Research Seminar on Access to Finance inspired Ethan to investigate racial and gender discrimination in the United States’ small business credit market. He has found that lenders apply statistical discrimination to black-owned businesses in new credit line applications and female owned businesses are slightly favored by lenders in credit line renewal.

Seeking new experiences, Ethan decided to spend his junior year abroad at the London School of Economics (LSE). He enrolled in LSE’s Accounting and Finance Department and gained new insights into the financial industry. By participating in corporate information sessions and career workshops, he was able to polish his interviewing skills, and walked away with more confidence. He was enchanted by London and the British culture, and he was intrigued by how vibrant and international LSE is.

Outside the classroom Ethan gained a variety of professional experiences. During the summer following his freshman year, Ethan returned to China and interned with VXI Global Solutions, a company providing IT outsourcing services. During his internship, Ethan mainly focused on interfacing with influential companies such as Apple and Mary Kay.

In the summer of his sophomore year, Ethan was awarded a Whitehead Internship spending the summer working with Jeff Millman (’08) of Soteer in White Plains, New York. The start-up provides a peer monitoring and intervention program to colleges to keep students safe at parties. During his time at Soteer, Ethan led initiative to develop a proprietary web-based application and designed customer acquisition strategy. That same summer, he also explored the financial industry by shadowing bankers in the Bank of China and the Development Bank of Singapore.

In the spring of his junior year Ethan expanded his professional footprints to London. He participated in a Haverford affiliated extern program with Sony Music UK. He learned about the process of distributing digital music products on platforms such as iTunes, Vevo and Spotify. The internship is housed through a Haverford music major alumna Caroline Hansen.

After his junior year abroad, Ethan came back to the United States and worked at Citigroup North America Public Sector in Washington, DC. He helped streamline the Department of Defense financial reporting, and he researched and reported on continuous reforms of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Federal Home Loan Bank.

With his major in Economics, Ethan has accepted a three-year rotation position with Citigroup Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS), a division that helps corporate and financial institutions streamline transactions and mitigate risks. Further along in his career, Ethan has an interest for working in marketing and public relations for a large agency.

The Strawbridge Observatory at Haverford College houses 12-inch and 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes which are actively used by students in Haverford astronomy classes.

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