By Ananias Efthivoulis
This summer, I traveled from Greece to participate in a summer program at Stevens Institute of Technology. It was one of the most exciting experiences I have ever had. It made me understand university life and the many opportunities that a University like Stevens provides.
I selected the Stevens business program because I thought that it would offer me the chance to understand what business is about by becoming a University student for one week. The program in which I participated lasted one week. We had two, three-hour classes every day. Each class was based on a different area in business such as marketing, finance and entrepreneurship. I found the group collaboration of the classes, which is characteristic in today’s corporate world, an exceptionally stimulating experience.
Personally, I believe that the specific characteristic about the program gave me and my classmates an idea of what business is about. Group projects about business concepts that were depicted in different films were another extraordinary activity. These projects had to be presented by the end of the week. My team’s assignment was on the film “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” In our presentation, we analyzed the 2008 global economic crisis upon which the movie was based.
Two activities that I also enjoyed during my stay were the Federal Reserve Bank trip and the cruise night. The trip to the Federal Reserve Bank was a unique experience because someone does not usually have the chance to make such a visit. We were given a personal tour of the bank and we learned about its history. Moreover, we had a cruise night around Manhattan. It was wonderful!
Stevens offered me a lot of things by giving me the chance to participate in the business program. I would describe it as a combination of education with a mix of fun. I would definitely recommend it to all high school students who wonder whether to attend or not.