For the first time in my college career, I’m only taking classes this semester that are in the business school or required for my major. Up until now, I had always had some departure from accounting and business-related classes with general education credits (gen eds) and history classes for my minor, but since I’ve fulfilled both of those requirements, just about everything I’ll be doing on campus this spring will be Fisher-related. I’m two weeks into taking these classes and I’ve noticed a few things:
I focused on the class times more than the classes themselves when I was scheduling
Unlike my first two and a half years, I didn’t have an option this semester to take a class like Intro to Theatre or Yiddish Literature in Translation. Instead, my choices were limited to business core classes, like Finance 3220 and Marketing 3250. I looked at what times the classes were being offered to decide which ones I would take now and which I would hold off until next year. For example, I avoided taking classes for which the only times available for me were in the evening.
I feel like I have a lot more in common with my classmates
Three of my five classes are required specifically for accounting majors, so I know I’m sitting next to people with similar interests and goals. While there are certainly benefits to meeting people pursuing other paths, it is nice to be able to talk to people about other classes they’re taking that are in my future and give and receive suggestions and study tips
The feeling of “college is real life” is starting to set in
As much as I enjoyed taking gen eds and history classes and learning about topics for which I had little background knowledge, I knew that in most cases, there would not be a lot of practical usage for information about astronomy or African Islam in real life. In contrast, the business law class I’m taking now has a lot of direct applicability to my future as an accountant, since it discusses issues like liability and performance obligations. Is it the most exciting, off-the-wall class I’ll ever take? Maybe not, but this semester I’m really starting to the the sense that, yes, I will have to use some of this stuff in the “real world.”
I often feel like I’m just rotating between Fisher’s three main classroom buildings. Schoenbaum, Mason, Gerlach, rinse, repeat. Credit: Ohio State