First day of the year, and I already got the experience of waking up late for a best friend’s meeting. My sincere apologies to this friend here! Wish you every success in your upcoming journey!
With that said, I’d like to take the chance to write one of the most important articles in this blog: the 2010 Course Review. It would be an all out summary of what the courses are like and what should be expected from it. Hopefully it will be of impact and informative for anyone majoring in Finance and Management.
Business Analysis and Valuation (MGMT E-2620) (Professor Viktoria Dalko) – Impressed, just impressed. I would consider this course to be one of the hardest course in the extension (apart from Corporate Finance, which I haven’t took yet), and would be considered a capstone course. My personal experience is that it is quite hard at the beginning, but it gets easier as you learn more, and eventually mastering the subject at the end. A case study based course, probably most people aren’t too familiar with it, where you finish a case study, submit it, and learn from your mistakes (of course, you’d probably get a bad mark too). Hanging on means that you’ll do well in class as the situation would improve. It also gets easier because along the way you’d meet friends that are willing to share their ideas and work with you. All my good friends are known from that class, and I felt extremely lucky about it. Professor Dalko and her crew (Deepu and Rainer) is great on their teaching, and is helpful when you need it. They would even go to the extent of emailing you at 5am in the morning! Time isn’t a concern in that class, you’d be working 24/7 anyways. I do recommend it fully and also her Mergers and Acquisition class, same structure, different contents, looks even more fun! (I’ve seen people doing both classes together, but I think it made their life miserable). At the end, a tentative A- is well deserved
Investment Theory and Applications (MGMT E-2740) (Professor Donald L. Santini) – Let’s start with the professor (probably that’s the only thing to talk about anyways): He is charming, smart, old, selfish, nice, chatty, talkative. By going to class, you get the benefit of knowing his WHOLE life in a nutshell. How he became a soldier, how he races, how he doesn’t like bringing an umbrella, what he does at home, how he lawns his garden etc. etc. What’s important is that when the time really comes (exams I mean), he really does test what has been taught in class. It might sound weird, but occasionally some information you might miss reading from the textbook and he mentioned would be on the exams. When you talk about it with some friends (despite no one really read the textbook anyways), we all remember some tricky answers! Overall, the course is rated easy (I’m not sure if I’ve learnt a lot from it), but certainly he made it a great experience for all of us there. Looking forward to the A grade.
Strategic Management (MGMT E-5000) (Professor Joseph Chevarley, Professor Timothy Bowman) – I would have to say it’s an easy course, but it is also the course I dislike the most. In terms of content and grading, it is really the worst case scenario. Out of the 3 courses I took this term, this shall be the easiest course, but it may also be the one with the lowest grade. Assignment wise is easy, you should’ve learnt everything from Business Analysis and Valuation, but I just don’t understand why the grading is so hard. Also, participation counts of 25% of the grade, which for some people who doesn’t like to talk drops down to a C+ already! Therefore, despite an easy course: a tentative B+ is expected
4 courses next term! Chosen to be:
- Corporate Finance,
- Strategy, Conflict and Cooperation,
- Economics of Business,
- Financial Statement Analysis.
I will write the detailed analysis after the term begins. So far, it looks like it’d be a challenging last term. Let’s hope everything is going to work out fine. Rate of success: 85%
Upon graduation, we step towards my first attempt for the New York Bar Exam. My plan is to use a full 2 months of studying. I’d really wish I can pass this to obtain my first law license. Rate of success: 60%
In December, there would be a high chance to take 6-7 challenge exams for the Ontario Bar. Another epic battle in life, and let’s hope for the success in this 2nd law license also. Time dedicated: 3 months; Rate of success: 70%
Fully an exam year, let’s hope (and I really wish) it will work out the way I want it. If there is ever a god in this world, this is going to be the time I’m going to say: “I need your assistance”. I certainly would study hard, but I need luck and your help to make the exam to fit my work. Hope it’s not too much to wish for.
Certainly I can tell it is going to be a hard year, I feel the pressure. But you never know how it comes out until you give it a go. This is my resolution to life.
Lastly, I hope to come back at the end of the year and smile at my accomplishments!
Quotes of the Day:
“My opinions are always right…….in my opinion.” – Donald L. Santini