10/28/2012 11:39 PM
It finally happened for me. After working so hard during the first quarter of classes and having the occasional "when will I ever use this" thoughts, I was listening to some conversations in class and realized just how much I had learned since August 4.
Sometimes it is hard to appreciate it when you are right in the middle of the class or pounding out an analysis of a case, but when you take a step back and think about all of the connections you just made, it's amazing. It's a capital lease, not operating, so it has a different impact on the depreciation structure (accounting) and how I value the company using a DCF analysis (finance). The shift in long run average total cost in an industry (econ) will change the supply curve, cause firms to exit, and, therefore, alter the competitive forces of the remaining firms (strategy).
If you don't know what that means, fear not. They will teach you. That's what our professors are there for. The point is that everything really is connected. Knowing these connections starts to change the way you think about issues. It also makes the material that much more interesting. You can see, in short order, the use of the knowledge you gained just a few weeks prior.
The part that is fantastic is that it's all planned. The faculty that teach the core 1st year classes meet on a weekly basis and discuss what is going on in each of their sections. They seek feedback from other faculty members to make sure that not only do they use material and references across the courses, but they make changes to support one another. When reviewing a quiz, we have even been explicitly told that the question was included because another faculty member wanted the point stressed because of what they were planning to do in future coursework.
This is what we mean when we say Johnson is collaborative. It is not just a saying. It's not just for your team or even just the student body. It is a reflection of Johnson's approach to learning and makes learning here such a rich experience.
With that, Happy Halloween from Sage!