Quick Facts

Name: Jiameng Li

Class of: 2013

Major: Economics

Current Occupation: Graduate student

Words of Wisdom: Be patient, since you may not realize how fruitful things can turn out to be unless you have strived hard enough.

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Master’s Student in Economics & Management
The London School of Economics and Political Science

Tell us about yourself.  How did you come to Tulane?
I was a high school student in China, and I faced the dilemma of going to college in China or in the U.S. I felt I was longing for a different system that would allow me to explore my academic/non-academic interests freely. I walked myself along the U.S. college application process and applied to about 17 schools. Tulane extended me an offer with a decent scholarship, so I chose it without any doubt.


Bachelor of Science, Economics                            2013
Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

Master of Science, Economics & Management    2014 anticipated
The London School of Economics and Political Science


Present Day

What do you do?
I’m a hardworking student!

How did you get to where you are today?
I love studying Economics. I have changed my majors and minors four times with regards to my skills, interest, and desired career path. This process involved a lot of struggle, since I was aware that I needed to have my education paid off both financially and intellectually. After talking to a professor that I respect and enjoy talking to, I made the decision to focus on Economics. During my study abroad years at the The London School of Economics and Political Science, I became sure that I wanted to specialize in Applied Microeconomics. Therefore, during my final year at Tulane I applied to this program, and luckily I got admitted.

What are some of the pros of your current position or role?
I can study and become specialized in the subject that interests me the most at one of the most prestigious schools in the field of Economics. I can also stay in one of my favorite cities – London – for one more year!

Some of the cons?
The tuition and living expenses are very high. The weather is not quite good. The program is very rewarding but also demanding.


Undergraduate Experiences

What insights did you have as a college student?
During my time at Tulane, I learned to take care of my interests and ambitions by my own. It is easy to find some security by following other people's thoughts and passion; however, I often found myself frustrated after some time since I didn't even know what "I" really like and believe in. This applied to many choices I made, such as changing my major and going to study abroad in my junior year.

What academic advice would you offer incoming students?
Take advantage of the first two years and never restrict yourself. Don't pre-eliminate courses that seem boring and useless. Don't be shy if you need help from other people, since you will be surprised to find that many people are willing to share their genuine thoughts with you.

Discuss a class that had a significant impact on you.
I enjoyed Politics of Immigration (POLI-3040) with Professor Love. This course helped me to understand the issue of "illegal" immigration and allowed me to understand that people make seemingly unreasonable choices with many serious considerations, such as one's longing for a basic living standard. It taught me to be tolerant and to respect humanity.



Do you have any other recommendations?
Find out things that you would like to spend most of your time on; put consistent effort on these things, such as going to the gym regularly and writing a thesis, and don't easily give up. Be patient, since you may not realize how fruitful things can turn out to be unless you have strived hard enough.

Service Learning can be time consuming, but it can be very enlightening and interesting. During my first year, I was involved in many city reconstruction projects, and I always found myself productive and proud, since I could help transform things with other people together. I also loved my final year of Service Learning: we made a radio story about illegal immigrants in New Orleans. I learned to use radio programming software and produced a complete and true radio story together with my partner!

What do you wish you had known as a first-semester freshman?
Tulane has a very, very good Department of Music that offers free concerts and brilliant music courses. New Orleans is a city of jazz, and I wish I could have taken a jazz piano course then I was there. I also wish that I had taken at least one dance course. 


Contact Information

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Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000