Nicholas Swanson

Nicholas Swanson

Nicholas Swanson

When are you graduating?

Spring 2024

How did you choose your specific area of study?

I had a wonderful professor and mentor during my undergraduate years who encouraged me to apply to the program at George Mason. I was drawn to the program because of its interdisciplinary approach to teaching economics. I felt that it would complement my background in the humanities.

How did your academic experiences in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences impact you?

I heard someone say once that studying economics should teach gratitude because you come to realize how much things have improved materially over the last several hundred years. So I guess I would say studying economics at Mason has taught me to be more grateful. 

Of which accomplishment(s) during your time at Mason are you most proud?

I have been blessed to be a fellow these past two years in the Adam Smith Program, which is part of the Department of Economics. I also had the joyful chance to teach two undergraduate classes this past semester at my alma mater, Catholic University, in Washington, D.C. 

Are there faculty or staff members who made a difference during your Mason career?

Professor Daniel Klein is an incredible teacher and mentor to students. He has become a great friend and mentor to me the last two years. I have learned so much taking his classes. Notably, he graciously invited me (and a few other graduate students) to Sweden and Scotland last summer to present research and learn from other scholars.

What advice would you give to an incoming cohort of graduate students?

Remember there is a difference between intelligence and wisdom. Use your education to seek wisdom and practice virtue.

What are your current career plans following graduation? What are your long-term career goals?

I am starting the PhD program in Economics at George Mason! I hope one day to become a professor, but I am open to whatever God has in store for me!