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Lina Lin has worked to educate her peers about economics and finance. After an online economics class during the pandemic piqued her interest, Lina founded the Global Youth Economics Forum. Her first online event featured an economist from the European Commission talking about the economic history of the European Union. Lina and a team of 25 volunteers have reached more than 1 million students via social media and over 55 virtual and in-person events. With recently secured grant funding, the organization is creating scholarships for high school and college students. Lina also served as chief events officer for EconHacks, a student-led economics network, booking speakers for the group's economics, business and finance conferences.
A graduate of Manhattan Hunter Science High School (MHSHS), Lina is an AP Scholar and member of the National Honor Society. She received the Daily Points of Light Award, Zonta Club Women in Public Affairs Award, and the KPMG Future Leaders Scholarship. Lina researched educational technology as an intern at Accenture and studied linear algebra, game theory and computer modeling in the Della Pietra Applied Math Program at Stony Brook University. As a research assistant at Hunter College, Lina investigated the link between affordable housing and health for low-income women. This summer, Lina will intern at DREAM and attend the Bank of America Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C.
Lina worked as a Teen Reading Ambassador at the New York Public Library, providing homework help and organizing spelling bees and trivia quizzes for younger children. During the pandemic, Lina founded MHSHS' Key Club to foster a culture of community service. Now the school's largest student organization, the Key Club has more than 200 members who have completed 3,500 service hours. The group has held online trivia competitions, collected coats and school supplies, partnered with small businesses for community service, and raised funds for victims of the recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
Lina will study economics at Yale and plans a career in education entrepreneurship, public policy and effective altruism.
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