Vertucci – July 18 – 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?

When I really need to focus on my studies, I try all sorts of tactics to “get in the zone.” Sometimes music will work to help me focus. If this is the case, I usually listen to my “happy mood” playlist which features songs by the Beatles, Andy Grammer, Queen, Jackson 5, and Ed Sheeran. On occasion, the only music that will help me focus is classical piano songs. However, I sometimes need complete silence to work on assignments. In those instances, good grades are really my main motivation. Overall, my study habits really depend on the assignment, due date, and my mood/level of motivation. As an undergraduate business major, I look forward to finding quiet study spots on campus in which I may or may not listen to music.

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?

Even though business students are visualized as being solely focused on grades and future employment, I believe students with a business education are the most well-rounded. To receive an undergraduate business degree, students must complete internships, which is a great opportunity to network with possible future employers. Yes, completing internships may make a person seem very intent on landing a high paying job, but is it such a bad idea to be prepared for your future career? In addition, students develop transferrable skills in business school that truly “transfer” to the real world. Communication, problem solving, time management, active listening, and teamwork are some of the soft skills that are used daily in workplaces and with significant others and families at home. In my opinion, business students really have the upper hand considering the connections and skills they make in undergraduate programs.

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? 

For the next four years I’ll be spending in college, I aim to personally and professionally grow. My plan is to take advantage of opportunities such as being a member of Phi Beta Lambda (Future Business Leaders of America) and taking challenging courses through the University Honors College. With Phi Beta Lambda, I will be able to participate in business competitions, thereby challenging myself in an intellectual manner. In addition, PBL will allow me to further develop professional connections and skills within the business world. As for honors courses, I plan on choosing topics not necessarily related to business and instead learn about topics related to science or history; in this way, I hope to decrease the amount of “intellectual deficits” that can occur with a strong focus on personal placement/status in or after college.