First day of classes08.25.2009The first day of class, as usual, consisted of professors introducing the syllabus and their method of teaching and grading. Most, if not all of them immediately, on the very first day, started with lectures. I found getting back to the Ã´school modeÃ¶ and especially to the American way of thinking in class, regularly very analytical and involving a lot of critical thinking, it a bit more difficult this time around. Though I am not sure why so, It will probably take me a week or two to get back on track but, IÃm ready for it.
Last year, I completed all of my general education requisites and was excited to have quite a variety of classes. This year, though I have mostly business classes along with my Berry Seminar Philosophy, which is, as all the past Berry Seminars, very interesting. That said, I am trying to get involved in an art, music, or dance class, so not to be totally absorbed by business classes. One of the things I love most about UD is that it offers wonderful Ensembles and Art classes. Last spring semester, I was involved in two Ensembles: The Gamelan and World Music Choir, and received 0.50 credit hours for each. One more great thing about them is that even if you are past 18 credits you can still get involved. I enjoyed ensembles very much and would recommend first years and future UD students to give it a try. There are so many fun activities to get involved in on campus and I regret not to have the time for more. But, classes come first.
Speaking of classes, they promise to be much more demanding this year. I am also beginning the MGT220, Entrepreneurship class, where groups of students have to create micro companies and products to sell later. Each micro company, made of 5-6 students, receives $5,000 from the University of Dayton, and has to invest in a product of their choice. Students involved in the project have to analyze the market for the product, decide based on the research what kind of product they want to create, launch micro companies and start selling the product. They have to try to earn back the $5,000 invested and make a profit. This is surely one of the things I am looking forward to this year. I have already been assigned a group and we have met once to brainstorm about products. Some classes, such as accounting and business law are completely new to me, so it will be interesting to see how that will go. Anyhow, overall classes seem interesting and I expect to learn a lot.