“DIS brings a perspective you will never get from your home professors who sit all day at their desks in college, working only with students and other academics. They will never have the real world experience that almost every single teacher here has. They can teach you theory until they are blue in the face, but at DIS, they can turn it around and tell you how it applies to the company they worked with, or how they use it in their lives. All of the sudden it has this real world connection that is consistently missing when you are at your college or university.”-Julie Doub
When it comes to DIS, nobody represents the Global Econ program better than our Program Assistant, Julie. Since we have three different teachers, and different people going on all of our Study Tours, Julie is pretty much the only consistent figure in our lives. Despite her never having taken a ride on Jørn’s Vespa, and her favorite book being, “The White Man’s Burden” (in a non-racist sort of way), I figured a chat with the Global Econ Program herself would be beneficial for the Global Econ Blog.
Ms. Doub is 23 years old, graduated from Rhodes College in 2012, and was an Econ student at DIS in 2010. She was originally drawn to Denmark due to, “The flawless English, and a 60 Minute’s special on, the happiness of the Danish people.” She loved DIS because she could take econ classes that were not a joke, and could still take amazing classes like Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism and Human Trafficking, that she would never get the chance to take at her small liberal arts college.
In her own words, she returned because, “ I love it here, from the culture, to the friends I made, there is something absolutely intoxicating about Copenhagen. The people, the lifestyle, somehow the weather even.” Explaining the decision to put off work for a year, “It is okay to take time to do the things you want to do before you take your final job or go back to school. In the US, gap years are looked down on. That is not what you should do. I didn’t want to sit at a desk at a bank, which is what I was going to be doing if I had not gotten this job. I felt so bad telling my family I was taking a job in Copenhagen, but I think that you should take time to be young, poor, travel, you don’t need a lot, you can get paid shit and live fine, and this is the best time to do that.”
After she is done organizing field visits, answering emails, being sarcastic, and doing Julie things, Julie hopes to work at an international development organization like the World Bank. This is reflected in her rationalization for studying Economics, “One of the most important questions our society is answering today is: why are some people poor and some people rich? I think economics is the best way to look at that issue. Econ teaches you a very unique way of sifting through data to determine what the answer could be, but also gives you different possibilities and models that allow you multiple ways to answer questions.”
Apparently we should be completely pumped for our class trip to Paris and Brussels, and should expect a combination of, “Major organizations like the OECD, think tanks, companies, cultural sites, and delicious food. We wanted you guys to see places you might work in the near future, so expect to hear cool international perspectives as well.”
In response to the rampant critics of her movie choices on the group B study tour, Julie believes we should, “Get some culture!”
That is all I got folks. In Austria, about to head to Oktoberfest in Munich, Budapest, and then Berlin! I will write as much as life permits.