Course Spotlight: Real World Economics

Students at Rollins are getting a head start on career success while helping local high schoolers do the same.

Rollins students engage in a Q&A session with Winter Park High School students. (Photo by Scott Cook) Rollins students engage in a Q&A session with Winter Park High School students. (Photo by Scott Cook)

By understanding economics—and marrying pragmatic principles with personal passions—first-year Rollins students are formulating ideas about which career path might hold the most potential.

Course Title
Real World Economics

Instructor
Anca Voicu, associate professor of economics

Description
The course serves a two-fold purpose. First, it provides a non-technical approach for first-year students—many of them business majors in the 3/2 Accelerated Management Program—to explore basic economic questions such as: Why is there unemployment and inflation? To what extent does the government and central bank influence policy? And on a global scale, how do countries engage in international trade?

Second, it allows Rollins students to interact with U.S. government, economics, and world history students at Winter Park High School (WPHS), the College’s partner in education. During four trips to WPHS, Rollins students presented practical, easy-to-understand information and statistics on recent labor market fluctuations and job opportunities. They also helped WPHS students understand how to choose a major based on individual strengths and societal needs.

Engaging in meaningful conversation and personal reflection, students at both institutions are better able to prepare for careers in “the real world.”

“Over the years, as a professor and academic adviser, I’ve had many students walk into my office asking which major they should choose or what kind of job would be best,” Voicu says. “It made me realize that this question should be asked much earlier in life. That way, when high school kids come to college, they have a better idea what they want to do.”

Snapshot
On November 21, about 100 students from WPHS spent the day at Rollins. Following a campus tour and a presentation from the admissions office, they ate lunch in Mills Memorial Hall. From there, they met with a student panel and engaged in a Q&A session.

Student Perspective
Real World Economics has really given us the skills needed to interpret information about the world economy as it continually globalizes,” says Addison Cursey ’20, a theater major and Spanish minor. “We have been given the unique opportunity to share what we have learned by going to Winter Park High School and working one on one with their students. It is helping them to make informed decisions about the future, while also allowing us to think about the prospects we have ahead of us here at Rollins.”

Fun Fact
The National Association of Colleges and Employers pegs the average starting salary for new bachelor’s degree recipients at $50,219.

Students from Winter Park High School take a tour of the Rollins College campus. (Photo by Scott Cook) Students from Winter Park High School take a tour of the Rollins College campus. (Photo by Scott Cook)

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Associate Professor of Economics Anca Voicu (center) leads presentations and a Q&A session. (Photo by Scott Cook) Associate Professor of Economics Anca Voicu (center) leads presentations and a Q&A session. (Photo by Scott Cook)

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