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  • Cathy Ye ('14) cont'd The skills I gathered as a neuroscience major have come in handy in various points in my career.  As a paralegal, I was pulled into cases with pharmaceutical clients and given responsibilities of a junior attorney on those cases because I was one of the few people at the firm with a STEM background. The team relied on my subject-matter knowledge to decipher patents and journal articles on the drugs at issue. At the hedge fund, although I didn't need to apply any substantive knowledge, I was able to transfer the rigorous analytical training I'd gotten in class and lab to teach myself about finance and markets, despite never taking a finance or economics class at Wellesley. Finally, the logical practice of implementing the scientific method has made me a better law student and will eventually make me a more effective attorney. The takeway here is a neuroscience degree can be broadly applied to non-specific industries. It may take some explanation if you won't be directly using your degree, but I've found, more often than not, the neuroscience degree has made me a more interesting candidate and has set me apart from others. Posted October, 2020