The study of economics provides students with an opportunity to understand the most important aspects of modern societies such as the global economy, production decisions, income distribution, consumption of goods and services, government’s role and the interaction between households and businesses.
Carmela Coppola '17: Nurtured by faculty dedicated to her success
Majors: Global Supply Chain Management, Economics
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Path: Supply chain field in the pharmaceutical industry
A factor in Carmela Coppola’s decision to attend Bryant was its unique integration of business and liberal arts. “This was something that other schools I’d looked into weren’t able to offer in such an accommodating way,” she says.
"Having this one-on-one with a professor – even before committing to the University – showed me how dedicated the faculty are."
After Coppola '17 was accepted, a faculty member called to discuss her interests and education. “Having this one-on-one with a professor – even before committing to the University – showed me how dedicated the faculty are and made me realize that a Bryant education would be a great investment,” she says.
The Honors Program member had a passion for writing but also wanted to explore the business side of the curriculum. Taking classes in two of Bryant’s colleges allowed her to explore options, and she eventually declared concentrations in Global Supply Chain Management and Economics.
“I come from a family of doctors, so it is my hope to end up in the health care industry, specifically in supply chain at a pharmaceutical company,” says Coppola.
During her first semester, Coppola was a quiet student with no desire to get involved in co-curricular activities. By the end of freshmen year, she started to develop as a leader, becoming a Peer Tutor for the Academic Center for Excellence, a MyPath Mentor, and an Honors Program Peer Mentor. Since then, she has continued to grow.
In February 2016, Coppola attended the Eastern Economic Association Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., where she presented the findings of her independent research. A grant from Bryant’s Center for Global and Regional Economic Research funded the project, which she collaborated on with Assistant Professor of Economics Laura Beaudin, Ph.D.
“It meant the world to me to see how Professor Beaudin and members of the Economics Department believed in me and supported me,” says Coppola. “At Bryant, we receive hands-on training in our areas of study. As far as I know, that isn’t something that is replicated at other institutions.”