Class of: 2016
Out of all the classes I took at Hopkins, two in particular stand out as the most engaging, relevant, and reflective of the real world. Those classes are Macroeconomic Strategies with Professor Barbera, and Finance and the Macroeconomy (known as the Reality Roundtable). I would highly recommend these classes to any individual interested in understanding the movements of the economy at large or just how to decompose the babble of breaking news and expert opinions spewed by the media. In fact, these classes are a must for any student looking to go into the financial services. I have certainly utilized information from these classes in both my summer internship and new job in investment banking.
In Macro Strategies, we explored the real-world implications of theoretical models and their respective pitfalls. With weekly updates and class discussions on relevant movements in the macro economy, I became very comfortable discussing and understanding the news and how it relates to the real economy. In the Roundtable, we engaged in a weekly discussion on current events in the macro economy. During these weekly meetings we were surrounded by a wealth of information with many prominent professors, leaders in their respective fields with years of real world experience, PhD students, and fellow undergraduates joining the conversation. Being able to partake in such a discussion with and learn from these individuals was unlike any other experience I have had at Hopkins.