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2013 College of Business Economics Undergraduate Honoree Sydney Ryan

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The College of Business congratulates and extends best wishes to each of the ten undergraduate honorees of the graduating Class of 2013.

Each year the department's top performers are selected by the college's academic departments from its graduating seniors.

2013 College of Business Economics Undergraduate Honoree

Sydney Ryan

In many ways, Sydney is a prototypical San Francisco State University student. Upon graduation from community college, she could not immediately financially afford to attend a four year college. She worked over 50 hours of week for years to save enough money and to provide for her family’s income.

What differentiates Sydney from our other students is her performance. Her GPA doesn’t even begin to demonstrate her true abilities. One of our faculty wrote the following about her: “Sydney is hands down one of the best students I ever had in the last 6 and a half years at San Francisco State. What really caught my attention is the quality of her work, the effort that she puts in answering every single question, her motivation, and curiosity.”  Other faculty are unanimous in echoing this evaluation.

Sydney has also contributed to the department, college, and university in a number of ways. She has been active in the Economics Student Association, she has served as a grader for our lower pision classes, and she has been a research assistant for our faculty. Her research abilities were so strong that she was asked to help present Professor Chattopadyay’s economic impact analysis of San Francisco State University to President Wong and his staff this semester. 

She is also last year’s recipient of the department’s Ramona K. First Award given to outstanding undergraduates.

Sydney is also extremely motivated in continuing her studies to serve the public good. In her application for the Ramona K First Award, she wrote: “From the very first introductory economic class that I took, I was inspired by the effects of economic theories and analysis in public policy and the applications of economics to daily life… I truly believe in the importance of the impact that economists can make in people’s lives. For this reason, after I receive my bachelor’s degree in Economics from SF State, I plan to pursue graduate studies in Law and Economics and eventually follow a career path in public service.” Ms. Ryan has been accepted to law school and will start classes at Boalt Hall at the University of California, Berkeley next year.

Ms. Ryan has demonstrated ability that puts her into a select group of our students that have gone onto graduates schools in law, economics, and public policy. She is committed to doing public policy in the future. We are certain that she will be extremely successful in a public policy career.

See the other ten undergraduate business students recognized for academic accomplishment

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