Lifelong Lerner: Michelle Quinn

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A native of Haddon Heights, New Jersey, Michelle Quinn graduated from the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics as an honors economics and public policy double major. Quinn was a member of the undergraduate honors organization, Phi Beta Kappa

Quinn was nominated for this series by Assistant Professor of Economics, Associate Chair – Undergraduate Programs Elizabeth “Liz” Bayley. 

In this profile, Quinn shared her favorite UD memories, how she has changed during her time at UD and her plans following graduation.

Lerner: How do you think you have changed from your first semester at UD to now?

Quinn: From my freshman year to senior year, I have grown into a stronger, more self-assured, and well-rounded person. Through my classes at Lerner, I have been able to discover my passions and gain a greater understanding of my strengths. I came into my first semester unsure of myself and what I wanted to do with my career, but I am leaving this May with post-graduate plans and incredible opportunities ahead. 

Lerner: What have been some of the challenges you have faced during your college experience and how did you overcome them?

Quinn: The class of 2024 started college in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, which was an incredible challenge to overcome. We had to adjust to online classes, figure out how to establish friendships, and more while trying to stay healthy. I overcame this by attending virtual office hours with professors, demonstrating my commitment and interest in the course, and creating long-lasting friendships by putting myself out there and approaching all new experiences with an open mind.

Lerner: What was your favorite signature UD experience and why? 

Quinn: My favorite signature UD experience was studying abroad for my fall semester of junior year. I spent the semester in Barcelona, Spain and had some of the best experiences of my life. I am incredibly grateful to have met amazing friends from across the world, tried delicious foods, visited beautiful, new cities, and improved my Spanish along the way. I would do it all over in a heartbeat and I hope to work internationally in the future. 

Lerner: Did you have a Lerner professor or staff member that had a big impact on your UD experience? 

Quinn: A Lerner faculty that has had a big impact on my UD experience is Dr. Elizabeth Bayley. Dr. Bayley was my Econ103 professor as well as my economics advisor since freshman year. She has helped instill in me a love for economics, as well as being a guiding force in my educational journey. She has always gone above and beyond in her advising role, offering invaluable advice regarding classes, internships, and life overall. She is a big reason I have been able to accomplish all that I have in my four years at UD.

Lerner: What does being a “Lifelong Lerner” mean to you?

Quinn: Being a Lifelong Lerner means remembering the community that makes UD so special, and finding that wherever I go. The University of Delaware, and specifically Lerner, has created such an uplifting environment that encourages success for everyone. The community builds one another up and thrives on the wins of others. This remains true for alumni, who are always seeking to help a fellow Blue Hen out, which has been invaluable during my time here.

Lerner: What advice would you give to incoming freshmen to make the most out of their college experience?

Quinn: My advice for incoming freshmen would be to take advantage of all that UD has to offer and say yes to everything. My most fun memories come from my involvement on campus, from club golf and intramural basketball to various RSOs on campus. My second piece of advice would be to take advantage of office hours and to stay after class to speak with professors. Building strong relationships with faculty has been pivotal in my development as a student. 

Lerner: What are your plans following graduation?

Quinn: I plan to start work in July for KPMG as a business valuations associate in its economics and valuation services team.

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