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Economics student success story: Helué Vázquez-Valverde

If success during college is a good indicator of career success, one recent grad is about to make a big splash. Helué Vázquez-Valverde, Dec. 2016 economics and finance graduate, accepted a consulting job at Ernst & Young in Minneapolis prior to her graduation, but the early signs all pointed toward a top notch graduate.

In addition to her double major coursework, Vázquez-Valverde served as chapter president of the Mortar Board Honors Society and business fraternity Beta Upsilon Sigma’s investment board. She was also treasurer for the Student Organization of Latinos and completed two economic development internships prior to graduating.

We caught up with Helué recently and she gave us this update:

"Since graduation I have been working as a Member Service Representative at Marine Credit Union. My role mainly requires me to support functions in which we have to serve Spanish-speaking members, from community banking to lending services. In my time with Marine, I have learned the nitty-gritty of the community banking industry, which has proven to be as challenging as it is useful for my own personal life. It has been very interesting comparing and contrasting my job with what I learned from my Economics classes that taught us about investing, banks and credit unions. Getting comfortable with my position and the customer service aspect of it has been much easier than it would have been without the knowledge I got from my Economics professors."

Her research mentor Eric Jamelske had the following recollection about Vázquez-Valverde:

"I first met Helué as a student in my Econ 103 principles of microeconomics class four years ago. She sat in the front row and was engaging as a student asking many questions and also providing answers to my questions, all while most other students were apprehensive to talk in class.

Helué did very well in the class and showed a strong interest in economics and soon declared Econ as one of her majors. She approached me as a sophomore to ask if she could join my climate change research team and I immediately and enthusiastically said yes.

Helué does great work and is a very accomplished public speaker and she also is an advocate for her peer student researchers often communicating with me about ways to improve the overall research experience for everyone involved.

I think I speak for everyone in the Econ department when I say Helué is indeed one of our very best recent students, and one of our overall best since I have been at UWEC the past 15 years. We are very proud of her accomplishments and of her as a person."

Vázquez-Valverde was featured by the Leader-Telegram in their annual Caps & Gowns graduation spotlight, and you can read the full article here.