Yesterday, I blogged a bit about my realization that I had a few weeks ago. If you haven’t read it yet…check it out here. Today I am writing Part II, which is basically about some of the requirements and classes that I once thought were unnecessary/confusing…but now I completely understand and appreciate.
In Butler’s College of Business, we are all required to have 2 internships for credit. This basically means that they need to approve of the internship (or make sure that it is worth our while) and that we need to work for at least 300 hours during the semester. The two internship requirement was fine with me (I’ve had four now), but the 300 hour situation is what I struggled with. I had basically zero free time last semester, and a few times I really wasn’t sure if I was going to make it to the 300 mark or not. But now, looking back, I realize that if I hadn’t been forced to work so much…I would have become a slacker…and maybe only got 200 hours in. And then, if I only worked there that much…I KNOW that I wouldn’t have learned as much as I did if I had been there for 100 hours less. Might not have seemed that way at the time…but now I’m sure.
Freshman Business Experience/Real Business Experience
In both of these classes, groups create a business concept and business plan, and either pitch the idea or actually carry the business concept out. I was completely overwhelmed with these classes when I took them at the beginning of my freshman and sophomore years…but now I’m so glad that I had them when I did. They were the perfect way to completely immerse myself in business, and to attempt to understand how businesses run from the beginning to the end.
A few weeks ago at my internship (I work at the Butler Business Accelerator), we were having a discussion with one of the full time staff members about marketing. She was asking us questions about our understanding of marketing strategy, and how different businesses market themselves in different ways, and I seriously just loved it. For the first time, everything that I have learned over the last few years in every class, experience, and internship was coming together to make sense of something that could be so foreign to us. I’m just glad that this all happened before I graduated…because now I can sit back and relax…and enjoy knowing that I have learned some really awesome stuff over the last four years. So thanks Butler, and thanks College of Business…couldn’t have done it without you.