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On [a rainy] Easter Sunday, it is particularly relevant to write a few thoughts about the past few years of my life here in Nashville. Today is about meaning and significance. It begs remembrance, reverence, and purpose. I feel that I must call myself to account for my time in this city; and as it has revolved much around business school, I will try to especially hone in on that context.
The title of this writing is borrowed from the reverend John Piper, who wrote a book by the same name that was given to me by my church community upon graduating from high school near Charleston, South Carolina. I had absolutely no idea nor conviction as to why I should have read it at the time, because I was 18 and ruled the world. But its message was as relevant then as it is today, will be tomorrow, and I suspect in the last minutes of my life. It’s also a great title because I figure that 97% of anyone glancing at this only wanting the twitter version, or executive summary, can already walk away with it.
This blog has been republished with permission from Project Pyramid.
Jambo! From the busy city of Nairobi this post comes to you born out of jet-lag and a much needed update on Project Pyramid.
It’s been a busy few months for Project Pyramid. The leadership team has been continually working to identify projects, build marketing materials, secure funding, and facilitate an engaging classroom experience. We have had around 70 students enrolled in the fall course this year – there is literally no more room. Professor Victor has been lecturing and facilitating discussion to our multiple-disciplinary group twice a week.
As we enter into the holiday break, spring trips will be decided and set into stone in the near future. Students have already had an in-depth look at poverty, the schools of thought on how to approach it, and what organizations are doing now to alleviate. Soon, they will be working alongside these companies to help further their efforts and provide unique perspective and intellectual capital. As we find out more about those locations and groups, we will update this site and keep our readers posted.
Over the Fall Break from classes, a group of 30 Owen students went on a school-sponsored International trip to visit Japan. This is an account of the trip from one of the second-years who enjoyed the trip.
Day 1 (Thursday):
Technically, the trip began on this night where everyone first gathered at our hotel in Fukuyama but a few of us who arrived the day before in the city of Osaka where we toured several landmarks such as Osaka Castle, Tsuutenkaku Tower, and Shitennou Temple before we took a bullet train to meet everyone in Fukuyama.
We’re finally back in the states and I once again have a reliable internet connection. Here are some photo highlights that I missed posting:
Last Monday, our first visit was to Petrobas, Brazil’s government owned oil and gas company.
Fun fact (from wikipedia): Petrobas is the largest company in Latin America by market capitalization and revenue, and the largest company headquartered in the Southern Hemisphere by market value.
To bookend our trip, our last meeting was at Coteminas with Josué Gomes da Silva, Owen ’89. He is not only the President of Coteminas, but he is also on the board for Petrobas. This was definitely the highlight of the trip.
Fun fact: Before meeting with us, Josué had a lunch meeting with the Finance Minister of Brazil.
I’ve done all my schooling, from grade school through my undergraduate Engineering degree, in India. As such, I am quite familiar with the system of education there. After a semester of studying here in America I have noticed several differences between school here and in my home country.
Of course, I’ve never attended graduate school or business school in India, so some of my observations are like comparing apples to oranges, but overall I think these are the most obvious (and interesting!) differences:
- University structure – Owen is just one part of a huge university offering various courses and houses a renowned medical center on campus. This gives me the option to pick up courses from various other schools, such as the law school.
- Diversity – The diversity in the classroom here is quite an experience in itself. My education in India lacked the kind of diversity Owen offers and I find it as a welcome breath of fresh air. It really opens your eyes to the challenges of working in a global environment.
- In the Classroom – The classes here are very immersive. Most professors spend less time lecturing and more time illustrating principles with sound examples. Class is also made livelier with presentations, movies, product demonstrations and personal anecdotes.