Monthly Archives: February 2011

Picking My Major

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BookRenter Andy

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At my university, students chose a major at the end of the first semester of their sophomore year. Choosing majors came smack in the middle of final exams, so students often wait until the last minute to make their selection (not recommended). I chose Political Economy. Looking back on it now, I think it’s funny how I ended up in with my major. I started out as Classics major taking classes in Latin and Ancient Greek as well as Roman and Greek History.

I remember going to class one day early sophomore year and realizing there were only going to be 10 or 11 Classics majors, and all of them were better at Latin than I was. At that moment  I  realized I needed out of Classics. That’s right, I transferred to a major with more people out of pure cowardice. So I wandered into the registrar’s office, probably having given my major not much more thought that day than you can get over a bowl of Frosted Mini-Wheats, and declared Political Economy, a hybrid liberal arts major that sounded nice and academic.

Political Economy as my major was really not a dramatic decision to make.  I enjoyed all of the Politics classes I had taken. {Flashback alert} I remember one class in particular called POL 397 National Security. In addition to having a great reading list and awesome course material, it was taught by a professor who played Styx before class and made fun of people sitting in the front row. Oh yeah, and for the icing on the cake, his nickname was “the Bassmaster”. How could you not love it?

Anyway, I thought I should add a little practicality to round out my major, so I tacked on the economics. Ask BookRenter Mike about economics if you need the low down.

In the end, it shouldn’t matter too much which major you choose; if you like the subject, that’s what counts. Pick something you enjoy doing, then graduate and continue your domination of life’s challenges.

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Our Weekly Coffee Winner is….

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Congratulations, Tyler L. you are this week’s $10 coffee gift card winner!

“I chose History [as my major] because I really enjoyed traveling all across the United States visiting places of historical interest, such as Civil War battlefields, museums, World War II naval ships, and other attractions, during my childhood. I thought it would be interesting to put my fascination with history into practice by studying it as a major in college.”

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Econ- Really?

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By BookRenter Mike – Why I chose economics.

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People always laugh when I tell them I’m an economics major. Really, can you blame them?  The standard comment goes something like, “With today’s recession any study of economics is worthless.” If you ask me the field of economics has changed dramatically over the last couple of years and I consider myself very fortunate to be studying a constantly evolving topic. My love of economics has always been rooted in the fact that economics is the study of scarcity, and that everything is scarce. Food. Water. Hours in the day. Everything. The simple fact that everything is scarce pushes me to live my life in the most efficient manner and to the best of my abilities.

My first economics class, Intro. to Microeconomics, was perhaps the most challenging class I have taken at college. Crazy, but although Intro. to Microeconomics has been the hardest class, it’s also been my favorite. During the second part of the course we studied the ‘romantic marketplace’. Literally, the study of the decision making process people subconsciously undergo when deciding upon a spouse. After two months of learning the basics, finally applying them to the real world in such a unique manner was incredibly eye-opening. I like to tell people that economics is the study of common sense; ironically the most interesting material I have learned in my study of economics has been the result of people not using common sense.

But honestly, you want to know the real reason I loved that first economics class and declared econ? I received the highest grade in the class!

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Cup of Kindness

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By BookRenter Mike

Cup of Kindness

The concept of a random act of kindness baffles me a litte bit. What is a random act of kindness?  Should I be prepared to act at a moment’s notice? In my opinion for an act of kindness to be seen as truly random, it needs to be an act that is completely unexpected and happen in the blink of the eye. Every day we have the opportunity to commit random acts of kindness, and today I decided to take advantage of that opportunity.

On my way to class this morning, I stopped by the local coffee shop in the library to grab a cup of steaming, hot coffee before class. Unfortunately, for the girl in front of me, the credit card machine was down and she had zero cash. At 7:50 in the morning, the prospect of attending class in ten minutes can seem downright daunting without that caffeine boost. Typically I’m pretty shy, but today I clawed my way to the front and bought her a tall cup of Joe. We ending up talking for about 5 minutes, and the unexpected conversation brightened my morning. Although, I don’t remember her name (come on it was 7:50 in the morning!), I now have another person to say hi to on my way to class.

The only problem with my RAK? I ended up being late to class!

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Friday RAK

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By BookRenter Andy

In case you’ve been missing out on our extensive coverage here on Tiki’s Bookshelf, RAK week is taking hold around the country. Check out this student organization at Michigan (aptly named DoRAK). All they do is random nice stuff! It’s amazing how many websites and organizations out there are completely dedicated to doing RAKs. Here’s another good one.

It’s Friday morning here at BookRenter HQ and you can feel the long weekend’s excitement electrifying the BookRenter office air.  Just ‘cuz you don’t have school or work tomorrow doesn’t mean that RAK week is over, so don’t go shirking on your RAK duties. RAK week adheres to the normal calendar week and goes through Saturday night – you’re not out of the oven yet.

Sprinkles Cupcakes for RAK

In our office, RAK of the week award goes to BookRenter Rebecca for bringing in a giant batch of delicious Sprinkles Cupcakes.  Negative RAK of the week award goes to BookRenter Andy for forgetting to get Rebecca’s lunch. [ed: No negative RAK points were given this week.]

Please tell us about your own RAK’s by posting them in the comments below! We’ll feature the best one on Monday in the blog, and give you a special treat to boot!

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