“Infun-mational,” Edgers have fun & get the scoop!

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August 22, 2016

August 16th, 2016 – Day 3 of Iowa Edge

Not only is Iowa Edge fun, but it’s also informational! One could say, it’s infun-mational! In continuation with the events that the Iowa Edgers are entreated to, today they were able to attend various informational sessions regarding academics, financial literacy (you have to know how to budget in college), and careers, in addition to other resources the campus has to provide!

Pre-business Edgers, during their informational session in the John Papajohn Business building with Mark Archibald, an Assistant Director in the Tippie College of Business

Pre-business Edgers, during their informational session in the John Papajohn Business building with Mark Archibald, an Assistant Director in the Tippie College of Business

For the business pre-majors, they headed to the Tippie College of Business to learn more about the various types of business tracks the college has to offer.  Not only did Mark Archibald break down the difference between economics and finance (I honestly never thought there was a difference), but he also provided logistics in the form of classes to take and GPAs to meet to be accepted into the College of Business.  His final suggestion, however, was poignant: don’t fry your brain, prioritize certain courses according to your ability.

Moving along to research, Professor Christopher Cheatum, gave his all-encompassing rousing talk when it comes to research opportunities at the University.  Professor Cheatum was met with looks of surprise when the Edgers were told that he taught merely 2 classes this entire semester (and none the next) but went on to say that most faculty at the University spent their time working in the labs and on their research projects. Even better? Professor Cheatum explained the method in which he works, with PhD candidates and undergraduates all the same, reiterating the basis of interdependence at the University of Iowa, in the form of the mentor and teaching aspect that Edgers will soon familiarize themselves with.  Finally, the Edgers were able to view firsthand the lab in which Professor Cheatum worked (with lasers!)  With a wave, a smile, and a proposal to answer their emails, Professor Cheatum sent them to their next event. 

Written by Sandra Amouzou