Haguette’s Hard Work Pays Off in Full Tuition Scholarship to New York University

Erika Haguette at graduation

Erika Haguette

June 7, 2017

BATON ROUGE – Erika Haguette, a December 2016 graduate in international trade and finance with an empirical economic analysis concentration, will start her Master of Science in Economics this fall at New York University on a full tuition scholarship.

The 2016 University Medalist – students who graduate with at least a 4.0 GPA – initially planned to take out whatever loans were necessary to attend the school. But after applying and being accepted to NYU, the call came that such a plan was no longer necessary.

Haguette is currently working as a Financial Services Office advisory intern for Ernst & Young in Houston.

Q: What drew you to LSU and the ITF major and empirical economics analysis concentration?

EH: To be honest, I chose LSU because I moved from Brazil to Lake Charles, La. to live with my mom and stepdad. My two step-siblings went to LSU and loved it, so I never really thought twice about that. The whole family talked a lot about LSU and were very passionate about the school. Plus, I always knew I wanted to pursue a master’s, so I liked the idea of staying closer to family during my undergraduate years. LSU was the only school I applied to.

In terms of my major, I was never very passionate about anything specific in high school, but I knew I wanted to be in the business school and the word “international” caught my eye because I’m foreign. I had never taken an economics class before. I fell in love with econ while taking my first course. Maybe it was fate. Maybe I just lucked out.

Q: Why NYU?

EH: I was trying to be realistic, if not a little pessimistic, so I applied to seven schools, ranging from No. 1 to No. 40 in the (MS economics) rankings. I knew master’s programs in economics don’t usually give out financial aid, so I was not expecting any from any of them. My two favorite schools were George Washington University and NYU, probably because of their strong programs and incredible locations. I almost picked GWU because they offered me $10,000 and NYU initially told me no aid was available.

But the more I thought about it, the more I knew I’d regret not picking the best program in the country in NYU, especially since I never even considered they would accept me.

Q: And then you got the scholarship?

EH: Unexpectedly, they sent me a “revised admissions letter” on March 28, after I had already accepted the initial admissions offer, saying they were awarding me a full tuition scholarship! I’m not sure what changed for them.

Q: What do you think changed their mind?

EH: If I had to guess, I’d say that “the whole was more than the sum of its parts.” In terms of my resume, I had a 4.0 GPA, was involved in the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, worked as a supplemental instruction leader, and worked for a year as a policy & research analyst intern at the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. I think this showed I worked hard in school, but also that I had a good amount of relevant work experience for someone fresh out of undergrad.

I also believe the empirical economic analysis concentration put me ahead of the game, because the courses it entails are not common in many universities. Choosing to pursue this concentration and earning A’s in those classes definitely set me apart. But mostly, I'd like to believe the relationships I built with my professors and employers, which led to my letters of recommendation, sealed the deal.

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business