July 18, 2019 – Majoring in Business

MCE/MCE+1 – Blog Post Prompt – July 18, 2019 – Majoring in Business +/-

Your Name: Connor Damon

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?

1. Piano Man – Billy Joel

2. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

3. Your Song – Elton John

4. Take on Me – a-ha

5. Africa – Toto

6. Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts

7. American Pie – Don McLean

8. December, 1963 (Oh What a Night) – Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

I am most looking forward to studying the lower production levels of supply chains like we have been doing in our talks about sustainability.

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:

Part of my decision to major in business in the first place was inspired by the fact that other areas of study did not interest me as much as business, so other intellectual pursuits pushed me away toward business. That being said, I do believe that in some cases, business majors are motivated by money and grades as opposed to learning.

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?

I think I can capitalize on opportunities to take classes in fields that interest me, in both the business school and outside of it. In addition to taking classes, I can also take advantage of participating in organizations and clubs that align with my hobbies and interests, so that if I am depleting my intellectual pursuits in one field, I will be certainly making up for that with other types of intellectual pursuits that interest and excite me.