Economics is one of my greatest love. And I am nothing but grateful for finding out about her when I was young. Economics explains common sense and build the math to prove such common sense. It’s adorable.
3 Reasons Why I Chose Economics
I found usefulness in the content being taught. Yes, business management can be a great choice, but I can learn most of the information via the Internet, books or on-the-job training. Moreover, I have a diploma in International Business. That alone, with my personal interest in reading about related topics, gave me the foundation I needed to understand the business environment. Thus, I felt that I needed to specialise in something more specific, hence Economics.
Other than specialisation, I simply love Economics. In my (biased) opinion, economics is the tool to explain everything in the world. From macro view like how countries work, why some countries are more developed, the importance of geopolitics, etc, to micro view like rational models, irrationality of people, salary indifference, eradicating poverty, etc. It is the tool to explain the phenomenons in the world.
Lastly, as Asian as I am going to sound, I love mathematics. And using mathematics to explain and understand the world just gives me enormous pleasure and happiness. (Unfortunately yes, I am quite a nerd)
In addition, economics is something that is easier to understand with the help of an instructor. After all, I am paying good money (and thanks SCCCI for the scholarship) for these professors, so I might as well get the best out of it. Understanding applied econometrics or solow model isn’t as easy as watching 1 Youtube video. Other than economics, the university modules helped me to explore other interests like South East Asian Studies, Port Economics and Social Network Economics.
Tip: Finish Formal Education Quickly
I love studying, don’t get me wrong. I am a strong advocate of lifelong learning. Yet, throughout my journey in education and working, I felt that the courses and knowledge taught were too general. There are so many things I could learn online, by myself. Hence, I was determined to finish my education and continue life at my own pace.
Overloading each semester is not an easy one, considering that I am constantly busy with growing my business, focusing on personal growth, joining another startup and my travel experiences. That does not include my family and social life, and other fun stuff.
Yet, I truly enjoy this journey. I learnt time management, prioritising (still managing that), having fun and also, using the least effort to get the best results. After all, when you are constantly busy with activities and responsibilities, you have to learn all these skills.