Laszlo Varju, department of economics
To me being a scholar is not just an award that highlights my academic success, it is mostly motivational. It makes me realize that with dedication and hard work you can achieve amazing results in anything you do. It motivates me to continue working hard, and to never feel limited in any way. If you enjoy doing something, try your best and keep doing it and you will succeed.
I have always liked mathematics, and it has been my favourite subject in school throughout my entire academic career. After graduating CEGEP, I wanted to pursue a field of study that was mathematical but at the same time had applications in the real world. After doing some research, I realized economics was the best match for me. I wanted to learn more about how economists build mathematical models to represent the real world and how they use them to make predictions and/or explain certain empirical facts.
I decided to go to Concordia because I really liked the curriculum of the Honours Program. It seemed to be the perfect program to choose in order to prepare me for graduate studies in economics. The reason being is that it has 60 credits (20 classes) in Econ which gives you exposure to a variety of classes and teachers. And it contains a great balance of math, economic theory, and stats overall whereas other programs only focus on economic theory.