Flora Li, BPE '23
Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in Potomac, about 30 minutes outside of Washington DC. In high school, I was enrolled in a STEM magnet program. Once I realized that I wanted to pursue social sciences, I wished to retain the analytical and critical thinking aspects of STEM fields. I initially chose BPE because it was the ideal combination of my interests in economics, politics, international relations, and foreign languages. I was also drawn by the opportunity to pursue a Data Science minor to complement the BPE curriculum. The BPE program allowed me to take courses in a diverse range of subjects which fit my professional and personal interests. Outside of academic and professional settings, I enjoy learning new languages, traveling, and exploring cities.
What has been your favorite feature of BPE?
My favorite aspect of the BPE program is undoubtedly the community and network it provides. I am not very involved in other on-campus clubs, so BPE really feels like my family. Since everybody in the program has taken the same classes with the same professors, we all share similar experiences, which creates an instant bond. There is a lot of support within the BPE network, whether through the BPE Mentorship Program or through alumni forums.
Which courses have you enjoyed the most?
My favorite BPE courses have been Introduction to Economic and Political Thought with Professor Foudy and Political Economy of Development with Professor Querubin. Both of these courses were particularly memorable because they introduced me to new ways of thinking about the political and economic issues facing our society today. Overall, BPE courses have a commonality of using multiple perspectives and methodologies to analyze issues that are relevant to our daily lives, which has helped me to think more critically about current events.
What are your professional goals?
I hope to pursue a career in data science consulting. I feel that the BPE Program has equipped me with the critical and logical thinking skills to increase my business acumen and achieve success in my career.
Are you involved in any co-curricular activities at Stern?
I am an Orientation Leader for the classes of 2025 and 2026. My role is to ensure that the incoming students are properly introduced to Stern through welcome events and information sessions. I remain an accessible resource to them and a mentor throughout their first semester. This Fall I will also be a Cohort Leadership Program Guide. Last, but not least, I have served as a mentor for USWIB (Undergraduate Stern Women in Business) and coordinated the BPE Mentorship Program of the 2025 class.