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Spotlighted Student: Sara Marcus 2010

Born in Conwy, North Wales and raised in Cambridge, England, Sara Marcus’ plans for higher education were originally geared towards medical school in England, but coming out of school she recognized that her interests may be rooted elsewhere. To explore some other options she applied to small liberal arts colleges in the United States anticipating that she would attend for only one year.


She chose Bryn Mawr College and quickly integrated Haverford College into her daily routine. The intimacy and personal touch of the small enrollment has been a good fit for Sara, and clearly her decision to join the Bi-co community was the right one because she stayed the full four years. She will be graduating in Spring 2010 with a double major in Economics at Haverford College and in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College.


Intrigued by a Harvard College Economics course during the summer after her Freshman year, Sara returned to the Bi-co community to take an introductory course in Microeconomics, as well as a course in International Macroeconomics and Finance. The curriculum confirmed her decision to major in Economics.


Sara has had some interesting school and work related experiences which include a semester during her sophomore year in Copenhagen, Denmark where she studied International Business and Economics. She has also spent two winters doing externships with a Long Island based company that designs and builds light-weight boats. During the semesters Sara has worked in Bryn Mawr’s financial aid office, and it was through this connection that she got the idea for her thesis topic. She is analyzing the effect of the 1978 “Middle Income Student Assistance Act” on female college enrollment.


Sara has grown very fond of visiting Philadelphia’s center city, finding it a manageable size and enjoying its “humble” atmosphere. She has enjoyed learning about Quaker philosophy, an ideology to which she had not previously been exposed; inspired by the positive affect Quakerism has on the community and by the function it plays when governing and guiding an institution.


Sara’s hobbies include playing field hockey, playing the flute, and being a member of Bryn Mawr’s Owl Investment Group. In 1976 a donor gave $100,000 to OIG providing students with a platform for investing in the stock market. Profits are given back to the Bryn Mawr College community through donations.


Last summer Sara did an internship at a New York based financial management consulting, Novantas, working with pricing elasticities for major retail banks. The experience has lead to a full time job following graduation. She will join HC alumni Brandon Larson ’08 at the firm where she will work as an analyst. She’s excited to make use of her economics and math education working in this high energy, young company comprised of about 100 employees.

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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