Making The Most Of Every Opportunity And Being All In

Former Beloit Student Government co-president Saad Ahsan’21 reflects on the ways a Beloit College education helped him build his career.

Looking back to his college years, Saad Ahsan ’21, a Quantitative Economics and Mathematics double major, appreciated all the valuable experiences that Beloit College had to offer. Before coming to Beloit, he was looking for a small liberal arts college as he wanted to be involved in the surrounding community and an educational environment that would allow him to take interdisciplinary courses. That is why Beloit was a perfect match, along with Beloit’s close proximity to the three major cities: Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee - he added.

Throughout his journey in Beloit, Saad was an active member of different clubs and held several leadership roles. During his freshman year, he joined Tau Kappa Epsilon and was the Vice President of International Club, as well as became an Academic Senator, which set him up to be a student leader. Being a Resident Assistant in his sophomore year also allowed him to get out of his comfort zone, enabled him to really work on a number of transferable skills, and to deal with conflicts within a diverse group of people. Talking about the most memorable activities that he was involved in, Saad shared that his time serving as the President of the International Club gave him the opportunity to meet a lot of people and practice his leadership skills. Especially, while he was the Vice President and President, I-club won Best Club Award at the Homecoming Parade three years in a row.

The most important milestone he has attained while at Beloit was serving as the Co-President of Beloit Student Government during COVID-19. During this time, he had to work with a group of student leaders to create expectations for students and later worked on implementing guidelines, which successfully led to extremely low cases of internal transmission on campus. Other than that, he also appreciated his Sophomore Shadow experience, through which he secured an internship with FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority).

Through Beloit connections, he is currently working as a Research Associate for NERA Economic Consulting at Boston, MA. His main focus is working with public policy experts and economists to build statistical models and using data analysis techniques to answer economic questions that arise in the energy sector for some of the biggest energy companies in the world.

As an alumnus, his advice to current students is to never be afraid to seek out or ask for an opportunity or advice. “If given the choice to regret not seeking an opportunity or regret being told no to an opportunity, always go for the latter because the regret of not seeking an opportunity is always the worst.”

Hayley Tran’22
November 01, 2021

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