For those of you that went the high school route before entering college, as opposed to those who skipped it and went directly into college or bypassed college altogether for the NBA, you may remember students complaining in Geometry or Physics class about the material being taught. “Am I ever going to use this again?” or “Do I need to know this?” I would be lying if those thoughts didn’t cross my mind a couple of times at Tuck, but only on days when I was severely sleep deprived. I’m glad those thoughts were temporary because during my internship I have come to find out that every course is important.
For the past five weeks I’ve been working as an equity analyst. My job is to research stocks and make buy/sell recommendations to my portfolio manager. Obviously, the material from finance courses and other quantitative courses have been critical to my job, but so have all the other courses in the core curriculum. The strategy courses have been of particular importance. I have to analyze a company’s strategy and determine if the strategy is viable both in the present and in the future. Marketing comes into play because some companies increase advertising expense to increase growth. It’s up to me to determine if the plan will succeed. Executive Communication gave me the practice and the confidence to speak comfortably with CEOs and other executives. I can go on and on but the point is that I’ve used a skill from every course during my first year, by no means an accident.
The MBA office does a fantastic at designing a curriculum that helps you succeed. Come second-year, I won’t be asking “is this important?”, because I know I will use everything I learn…unless an NBA team in need of a point guard with no left-hand dribbling skills drafts me in the first round next year.