Boy has this semester gone by fast! I feel like it was just yesterday that I started this post only to put it down for a moment and realize that nothing I had written is relevant anymore. I mean, my semester ends next week! How the heck did that happen?
It seems like just yesterday I concluded a grueling set of finals and was complaining that I had to get right back into classes just a few days later for my last quarter at Frankfurt School. But to look on the bright side, those classes have actually been pretty interesting and will hopefully be one last grade booster before leave to study abroad (the grades that get transferred back to not count towards my GPA).
As always, I’ll give you all a quick rundown of all my classes for those of you that are interested.
Responsibility in Finance
This is the very last mandatory class for the entire Master of Finance program, regardless of our concentrations. The name may seem pretty general and self-explanatory but actually, the class is about a handful of pretty useful topics.
Overall, the class teaches us frameworks and rationales to analyze situations that we might encounter later on in our professional careers. I personally enjoyed the beginning of the class the most where I was able to revisit some of my older philosophy courses and apply my background in psychology.
Although the class faced a lot of criticism from many students who claimed the course was pointless because it’s “common sense,” I think that the class was actually very useful and that the people who claimed it’s common sense are probably the ones who needed it the most (assuming they actually listened to the lectures since attendance was mandatory).
Overall, I think that it’s incredibly necessary and useful and that it’s inclusion as a mandatory course is very proactive of the Frankfurt School. I think that it’s very respectable for a university, and especially a business school, to acknowledge the perception of deceit and scandal in the Finance Industry and to proactively do something about in within their curriculum. Now that we have had this course, there really is no excuse for any of us to act unethically in our futures and at the very least it would be hard for us to truthfully claim ignorance.
Behavioral Economics & Finance
This was my first and only elective from Frankfurt School since I will be studying abroad for my other two electives. This was the class I was most excited for in my entire degree program, and to be honest, I was a bit let down.
It’s not that I think that the class is bad, but I already have a strong exposure to the field through my psychology based marketing degree. Overall, the level was lower than I thought it would be as a Masters level course and the material was not presented as well and as engaging as my bachelor equivalent.
To be fair, my bachelors degree was pretty much entirely taught by one professor (I intentionally took every class he offered) who was absolutely incredible. It would be really difficult for someone to surpass him in any discipline, let alone his own field of work. Even after my pickiness, the class was informative and engaging and I’m glad I took it.
So, I finally managed to give you all an update on my last quarter at FS just in time for me to take my final exam and finish it. I hope it was interesting in some way and as a last little farewell, I will be uploading a Last Day at FS Vlog that I hope you all enjoy. I will have lots more to post over my Christmas break so you all will have something to read when you’re (hopefully) home for the holidays, and of course I will be flooding you all with Italy posts come February. Until then, cheers!