Sean Egan is currently a sophomore in Wharton and has plans to pursue Business Economics and Public Policy—fields that he believes have the most potential for helping American citizens.
As someone whose definition of success means having a positive impact on the people around him, Sean has been using his free time to work towards charitable goals since high school. He helped found “Hearing Our Heroes,” a student-led organization whose mission is to “assist local veterans, thank them for their service, and in doing so remind our members and others how much our brave veterans sacrificed to protect the blessings of liberty.” While he has more of an advisory role now that he’s in college, Sean nevertheless is planning on Hearing Our Heroes events for the Philadelphia area.
In his time at Penn, Sean maintains his goals of going into public policy by engaging in policy-related activities on campus. He is an active member of College Republicans and also a “Fiscal and Monetary Policy” contributor for Wonk Tank. Recently, he has also been assisting in research for Professor Peter Conti-Brown.
“[After working with Professor Conti-Brown], I have gained an understanding of how the research process works,” said Sean. “I have also learned to think of monetary policy as far reaching and much more complex than most of the public believes.”
While Sean originally had ambitions to work in communications within the White House, his recent experiences at Penn has led him to consider focusing on economic policy implementation or research instead. “The real goal is to make an impact on an administration that I believe can help our country,” he explained.
In terms of public figures he respects, Sean mentioned Speaker Paul Ryan and Congressman Vito Fossella. He explained how he admired that Speaker Ryan understood the importance “to have beliefs and stand by them, but at the end of the day compromise is necessary and ultimately good.” Sean also praised Congressman Vito for embracing essential values as a public official.
“I first understood what it meant to be an elected official [from Congressman Vito],” said Sean. “I saw the value he put on getting to know his constituents and their needs, and to never forget that you work for the people. An elected official is supposed to serve others, not themselves.”