In my time at Nyack, I’ve spent over 2,000 hours in class. Yeah, really. When I graduate, I will have accumulated 128 credits. The amount of credits you get per class reflects the number of hours you spend in the classroom during the week. There are about 16 weeks in each semester, so I’ve spent over 2,000 hours in class over the past four years.
Since Nyack is a liberal arts college, those 2,000 hours combine history, english, Bible, and other general education courses. Those definitely taught me a lot, but the lessons I learned in my business classes are the ones that I hope to use most in the years to come as I move into the workforce. Here are three of the most influential lessons my business professors have taught me:
- From Professor English: over deliver. English always says, if you under-perform, you’ll get fired; if you do exactly what everyone expects, you’ll be overlooked; but, if you over deliver, you’ll get promoted. He has story after story of people who have gone above and beyond in the workplace and have went on to be extremely successful.
- From Professor Abadir: don’t sue anyone, it’s not worth it. This might sound like a silly thing, but years after taking Professor Abadir’s Business Law classes, I’ll never forget this point. We spend class time talking about the laws surrounding business, many which have to do with patents and protecting your ideas. What he emphasized over and over was that, most of the time, it’s not worth it to sue anyone, and lawsuits are usually more trouble than their worth. This advice came from a true place of humility. Abadir would always emphasize the importance of examining your motives and never doing anything for the sake of your pride.
- From Dr. Hartl: business and ethics do mix. A class that really taught me a lot was Business Ethics with Dr. Hartl. She opened the first day of class talking about how much she dislikes hearing people say that it’s impossible to act ethically and succeed in business. She went on to disprove this idea every class day for the rest of the semester. Hartl taught me, with real-life examples, the importance of doing what’s right and how it always pays off.
I’ve learned a lot of facts at Nyack College. I can go on about Porter’s Five Forces, the 4 P’s of Marketing, and the difference between stocks and bonds, but I’m sure the conceptual lessons are the ones that will take me far in the years to come. My time with the business professors at Nyack has taught me how to think like a CEO, act ethically, and work hard no matter what. These lessons will take me far in life, and it’s no lesson I ever could have learned from a textbook.