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44. Jennifer (Jenny) Hunt (LGB 1983)

Posted By Alumni Office, lundi 20 octobre 2014
Jenny Hunt1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
I started in part-day kindergarten at La Ferme, moved on to 1st grade in the United Nations School, lived briefly in Sydney before returning for part of 3rd grade at La Gradelle, then spent 4th-13th grade at La Grande Boissière.

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?

My parents moved from Sydney to Geneva to try something new. My father worked at the ILO and my mother taught at Ecolint.

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
Mathematics has been key to my career, and this is a subject for which good teachers are essential. Betty Webster helped me realize in 5th grade that I was good at maths, and during four later years, Mike Phillips made maths fascinating and accessible. I am also very grateful to Pat Hunter-Crook, Alan Sharpe and Allen Brown, who enchanted me with physics; Bill Johnston, a wonderful chemistry teacher and mentor; Andy Bassam, who aided and abetted my love of history; Jack Garstang, Ben Holden and Nicky Cousins-Kay, who indulged my love of sports; and Peter Billington and György Kukorelly who enabled such sophisticated musical experiences. Peter Barnett and David Woodrow also helped me on my way in primary school.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?
My favourite spot on campus was the gym, where I spent many joyous hours playing basketball games.

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?

The mountains generally and Verbier in particular were (and remain) my favourites, as skiing with glacier views is my favourite pastime.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I am a political appointee in the Obama Administration in Washington D.C., on leave from my academic job as economics professor at Rutgers University. I spent a year as the Chief Economist at the Department of Labor, and I am now the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Microeconomic Analysis at the Treasury Department.

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
The main priority should be to maintain the combination of academic excellence, extracurriculars and service. The school should continue its efforts to solicit more donations from alumni/ae. It should also consider, as it experiments with improvements, doing so in a way that permits quantitative evaluation.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
Do what you love and follow your dream. But if your dream is risky, have a Plan B. If you don’t have a dream, try out different things until you find what you like. Remember that wealth is nice, but that it is hard to be happy if you don’t enjoy your job, and know furthermore that the earnings associated with different college majors aren’t always what you think. For the U.S., you can see easily at hamiltonproject.org/earnings_by_major/, majors with high starting wages don’t always have the highest lifetime earnings; and graduates of some majors have a bigger range of outcomes than graduates of others.

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?

It has enabled me to be at home in various countries and to be informed by international perspectives.

 


 

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