In the grand scheme of things, four years isn’t that long. For Elise Melsom, however, the past four years have been busy, inspiring, and most of all, life-changing. The effort she put into the her time as a student rightfully earned her a spot in the Wolstein Society, the most prestigious undergraduate recognition at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.
Melsom, a senior undergraduate student, is majoring in economics with two minors: mathematics and business management.
The last full academic year Melsom studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science, giving her the chance to learn from professors and students across the globe, gaining new perspectives on international economic and legal issues.
Most recently, Melsom completed a twelve-week internship as a Financial Analyst Intern for Amazon in Seattle.
“The most rewarding part of my experience at Amazon was the ability to see the impact that I was having on the company” Melsom said. “It is easy to feel lost at a company as large as Amazon, but everyone, from the people on my team to the top levels of management, always emphasized that my contributions were making a difference.”
Melsom credits her Weatherhead professors for the motivation to apply for what once may have felt like an unattainable internship, saying she referenced the knowledge she learned from her classes, and even packed her class notebooks with her when moving to Seattle.
On campus, she is a member of Solstice, Case Western’s all-female a cappella group, Weatherhead Economics Society, and serves on the on-campus housing residential advisory board.
What started as an introductory course in microeconomics at Weatherhead turned into a life-changing experience and a transformative journey. As a senior preparing to graduate, Melsom says the Weatherhead community had a huge impact on who she has become personally and professionally.
“I am so thankful to Weatherhead for allowing me to pursue my passion for economics and preparing me for all the opportunities I have had, and I am so excited to finish up my last semester and join the ranks of alumni,” Melsom said.