Lifelong Lerner: Nathan Robino

As a member of the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics’ Class of 2023, Nathan Robino, undergraduate honors mathematics and economics double major and graduate economics and applied econometrics major, from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, has demonstrated remarkable dedication and resilience during his time at UD. 


Robino was nominated for this series by UD Assistant Professor of Economics and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Programs Elizabeth Bayley, who said, “Nate is an outstanding student, who completed both an Honors B.S. degree in math and economics and a M.S. in economics in four years, as well as being involved with the UD marching band and other ensembles. He is a percussionist and spends his summers performing in various competitions. After graduation, he will be a research assistant at the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank.”


In this profile, Robino shared his favorite UD memories, how he has changed during his time at UD and his plans following graduation.


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

Robino: I have learned how to budget my time and take advantage of all the resources available to me, especially going to office hours!


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

Robino: Navigating the virtual years during COVID was a large adjustment, since the structure of school I had grown accustomed to was uprooted. It forced me to provide my own structure in my organization and create good habits, which will help me when I am in the workforce.

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

Robino: Performing as a part of the UD marching band was one of my most treasured life experiences. Not only did I get to go to the football games and cheer on our team, I made great friends and had an opportunity to express a side of myself that doesn’t show up in academia. 


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

Robino: That you shouldn’t become complacent with what you know, or who you are; take every chance to better yourself, grow, and learn. 


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

Robino: Do not put yourself in a box too soon. UD is particularly flexible in allowing you to figure out which major/career path might be right for you, so work with your advisors to get the most out of your four-year investment!


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

Robino: Dr. Parag Mahajan made a direct and meaningful impact on my education and career. His guidance during his labor economics course was incredible, and he helped me navigate the job market–even put in a good word for me where I have ended up!


Lerner: What are your plans following graduation?

Robino: I will be a research associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (VA).

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