July 18, 2019 – Majoring in Business

Majoring in Business – Intellectual Benefits:  When I am really getting into studying or writing a paper, I listen to music that pushes me to think and to sustain this effort over time.  What is your playlist (or other form of art or music) that puts you into this type of zone?  What are you looking forward to studying as an undergraduate business major?

YMW Melly – Murder On My Mind

Travis Scott – 90210

Lil Peep – Better Off Dying

Travis Scott – through the late night

DaBaby – Pull Up Music

Wiz Khalifa – Real Rich

YoungBoy Never Broke Again – Diamond Teeth Samurai

Wu Tang Clan – Tearz

MF Doom – Meat Grinder

MF Doom – Doomsday

KIDS SEE GHOSTS (Kid Cudi and Kanye West) – Reborn

Majoring in Business – Intellectual Deficits :  While our motivational/inspirational playlists for academic work and research inspire us to push ourselves to great lengths in our areas of interest, we also need to consider the Pink Floyd song that is linked to the blog post prompt.  Undergraduate business education can be driven by a focus on grades, and landing high paying and high status internships and jobs.  This can push us away from intellectual pursuits (similar to “We Don’t Need No Education…..”).  Where do you see this in your choice to major in business:

I don’t agree with the argument that business school is based only in job placement and earning money.  I know that the things I am learning, have learned, and will learn are interesting to me and can be applied to my life almost immediately.  I think that business students are driven by a passion to understand the way the world works around them and to make a lasting impact on that world.  Of course there are students who are only pursuing a business degree to get a good job, but they do not represent the vast majority of business students.  I believe that in the process of pursuing a business degree, students who want to be there will get just as much out of it as students with other majors.  The same can be said for other students who study biology, for example.

Other Examples Like This?:  With four years of business education in front of you, how do you anticipate being able to take advantage of opportunities for intellectual challenge in your studies and personal/professional development and how can you take steps to mitigate the likely intellectual deficits that can arise through the heavy attention to monetary outcomes, status outcomes and the semester grind for grades?  Personally, I would like to apply some practices that I learn in business school to my own life.  I invest in the stock market and other facets, so adding more tools to be able to invest better is something I find particularly valuable.  Business is one of the few subjects where you can take what you learned in class that day and apply it yourself with real life benefits.  Business school is not only about landing a job, but about being able to improve your own life along the way.