Much of the MBA experience for peer leaders is learning – both during and after the two-year program. Many EMBA alumni return to the classroom to act as teaching assistants in their favorite classes and professors, and one alumnus, Logan Bender ’19, even taught a course in the fall of 2021 with former SOM dean Ted Snyder (watch video from the instructor) the class is modeled on the duplicate of the “Simple Technological Economic Analysis”). Here, we asked for second courses Marina Negroponte ’22 (pictured, left) and Jing Tu ’22 (right) talk about what attracted them to serve as a TA, what they found most difficult, and what they learned.
How did you become a TA and what did this position mean?
Marina Negroponte ’22: I returned to the United States in 2016 after 25 years of living and working abroad in eight different states and their communities. I also entered the United States through corporate philanthropy and managing two presidential campaigns. When the State and Society class began, I wanted to be formally exposed to corporate political behavior and its management. The professor asked me to be a result of my practical experience, lesson performance and generosity in sharing my views with the TA class.
For the State and Society, my responsibilities in the field of IT were to explain the issues, tools and interpret the content of the company’s political strategy; strengthening the use and understanding of course content in written assignments; Encourage ethical thinking about political entrepreneurship in a non-market environment; and assessment of attendance and written group and individual assignments.
Jing Tu ’22: Professor Ibbotson promised me a signed book that he would win in a stock trading game during his class. Unfortunately, his entire class was held during the most difficult times of COVID, and I never had a good chance of collecting a book. Eventually, I rudely sent him a polite email for the book, which included his mailing address. To my excitement, the professor not only presented me with a signed book, but also asked me to be one of his students in the first 2023 classes!
My responsibilities as a TA for The Investor class are professionalsupporting a viding game strategy to students for the class of ‘Stock Trading Game; aveprovide explanations of concepts, terms, formulas and financial statements; conducting TA review sessions to review homework assignments; and grading on homework and final exam.
What made you become a TA?
Negroponte: Personally, my parents are teachers. My mother researches and publishes. My father is an intern. This combo allows for a lively discussion around the breakfast table about the community. This structure is similar to the State and Society course where a professor teaches about modern research and tools and a group of interns, new leaders in their fields. I returned to school as an intern to become officially familiar with the tools that companies use to navigate in an increasingly complex social and political business environment. The TA ship was an important step in this process.
You: Senior professor, senior class and good opportunity to connect with first courses. I work in the pharmaceutical industry and had no financial information when I joined the program. One of the goals I set for myself was to invest my savings after learning the basic training programs from this program. What could be more interesting than an investment study by Roger Ibbotson? The answer is learned from him twice.
What was the best part of the experience?
Negroponte: I enjoyed all the ideas of class discussion articles and written assignments. Their perspective continued to open mines. I also accept Professor Sonnenfeld’s strategic leadership across departments Of course this spring in tandem and in the revision of the material of the State and Society from the point of view of the Sonnenfeld class strengthened each other. It took the concept of an integrated curriculum to another level for me.
You: Can I say everything? I enjoyed interacting with the class and the pressure I felt to review everything and re-learn until I felt ready for TA hours – not to mention the 12-hour final party was the best. I can say that this is the happiest thing I have ever done in overtime.
How difficultoutside Being TA?
Negroponte: Professor Katik has the latest knowledge and information related to corporate politics and the ever-changing, regulatory and social policies in which companies operate. I think the biggest challenge is how to effectively translate corporate forces through their non-market strategies into the playgrounds for their industries – for better or worse. Leaders who focus primarily on profit will be committed to market strategy, and leaders who are more focused on prosperity will understand and learn non-market strategies. Yale has room for both.
You: It is always difficult to explain the concepts of investment and the set of problems to classmates who have zero or very little information. The class is very sharp. Speed poses an exciting challenge for both the class and the TA for comprehensively digesting material and translating it less abstractly. It is also an honor to be given full authority to develop answer keys for each question and final exam. This practice made me re-learn everything on a different level.