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Young Lady bags Economics degree at US university, wins best graduating student award

A young lady named Amaia Calhoun has bagged an Economics degree with honors grades and emerged as the best graduating student of Spelman College in the United States.

Amaia Calhoun bagged her bachelor’s degree in Economics with a double minor in Spanish and Management & Organization. She was awarded one of the best-graduating students of Spelman College for the 2023 graduating class.

Amaia shared her achievement on LinkedIn expressing her gratitude to Spelman College for giving her the opportunity to express the true meaning of sisterhood as she is the only child of her parents and also for the growth the community instilled in her.

”As an only child, I have Spelman to thank for being able to appreciate the true meaning of sisterhood. I would not have experienced the same level of academic and personal growth if it were not for the Spelman community,” Amaia wrote.

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”I am grateful to those who have poured into me and proud to have been able to pay it forward, pouring into others. The lifelong bonds I have formed at Spelman will outlast the fleeting thrill of the accolades,” she added.

During her time at Spelman, Amaia was on the Dean’s list throughout her four years of being a student at the school. She served as the secretary of business and finance for the 81st administration of Spelman’s Student Government Association.

She also participated in Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) as a Career Prep Fellow and conducted research in economics as a Spelman-Sloan Scholar and VLab research assistant. 

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Amaia said she desires to pursue a career related to the allocation of capital based on the historical exclusion of underrepresented groups, specifically the Black community, from wealth-building activities.

She mentioned that being raised in a family business setting gave her a direct understanding of how money can bring about positive changes in minority communities. Amaia added that her studies and research in economics have enabled her to examine problems related to the unequal distribution of resources.

After graduation, Amaia said she will join Princeton University Investment Company (PRINCO) as an investment analyst. She wants to be a bridge of understanding where capital is not just seen as a means for gaining material wealth but as a mechanism for social change.

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