The real educated people are those who can be moved by data.
Born a right-brainer, I could hardly find any affection for data. In fact, with a Journalism major, my math education came to a halt after high school graduation. That’s why when I came back to school, I felt a bit intimidated by literally any courses with some quantitative components.
Last term was a slight nightmare for me. Valuation on Corporate Finance. Managerial Accounting. Marketing Research. I felt I was completely naked outside of my comfort zone. Juggling with these data monsters, I skipped my social, missed my blog, and declined some invitations; I googled, investopedia’ed, spending hours solving a transfer pricing problem, scanning through my lecture notes again and again until the whole pages were neon highlighted.
But I am still not comfortable with them.
To my surprise, ironically, I actually scored all “A”s on these quantitative courses and even got an “A+” (also my first and only “A+”) on Valuation, a course “absolutely beyond my comprehension”, which at the time I was seriously considering quitting after the first day of class.
I would give a large credit to my team, a dream team of financial-savvy, fun, and modest people who actually listened to my comments and spent time getting me up to speed on each project we worked on. I was also having the best group learning experience so far as we actually did our projects over lunch and dinner in two of my teammates’ houses. I got the chance to taste some American homemade vegetarian taco with meat-like fillings and…grits–one of the most delicious American foods I’ve ever eaten–and learnt the term “soul food”.
Stepping outside of your comfort zone is tough. Having a support group can make this experience much pleasant and rewarding. Though I’m still not in love with data, I did have some eureka moments, especially when I saw a significant number of .000 in the regression result.