Grace Choi was drawn to economics because it took her love of math and put a purpose behind it, “Economics takes human behavior or situations -- the way the world works -- and tries to make sense of it using math. I like that I can continue to do math and solve problems, but now it's actually for a purpose. It's applicable to the real world.”

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The love of problem solving is also what drew her to the game of golf. She has to take the simple concept of getting a ball into a hole in as few strokes as possible. She has to find the most efficient and effective way to bypass the course’s defenses (water hazards, trees, sandtraps), and how to come back after a hole that took too many strokes to complete.

Choi won the 95th Women’s Texas Golf Association State Amateur Championship in July, this was not enough to convince her to pursue professional golf, “All the competitors who came out here this week, people who maybe competed in college 20 years ago and are a lot older than I am and are still playing golf, that's the kind of person I want to be. I want to enjoy the game for the rest of my life, and I don't know if going pro would really accomplish that. It might be unnecessary stress. I want to play golf for fun.”

Upon graduation, Choi is looking for more than just a job, she wants one that fits. Finding the professional path to take, be it policy, law, or business, is the next issue that she will approach with her problem-solving passion.

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