Since graduating high school and beginning my college career in the fall of 2009 I have been exposed to multiple modes of thinking through coursework, texts, and other experiences that have enhanced my skills in productivity. My freshman year I had little knowledge to what I wanted to major in, eventually I took the business route minoring in social sciences. I have been exposed to different styles of learning through hybrid and online classes that encourage discipline and structure to succeed (Liu). Classes falling into this design include LAP 430 and personal financial planning (Stoloff).
Professors have had a substantial influence on this as well, in my organizational communication course the professor would start by having the class do activities. In plain sight this seemed petty but the result helped us further understand the concepts being taught that day (Wolter). Professors that design their plans like this help interact the students to open up to new modes of thinking.
Courses in marketing provided me with different online sources such as the VALS system that produces consumer preferences based on surveys (VALS™). When I began taking social science courses directed towards business I was exposed to different texts introducing motivation theories such as Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs and Hofstede’s definition of values (Latham). A few years ago if anyone had mentioned those names to me I would be oblivious, but now I truly enjoy learning about these concepts. Though you choose your own courses in college the materials and experiences you incur are vital to opening up to new and different multiple modes of thinking.
Latham, G. P. (2012). Work motivation: history, theory, research, and practice (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE
Liu. W. (Spring 2013). Personal Financial Planning. Eastern Connecticut State University.
Stoloff, D.L. (Spring 2014). Liberal Arts Capstone Colloquium. Eastern Connecticut State University.
VALS™ | US VALS™ Survey | SBI. (n.d.). VALS™ | US VALS™ Survey | SBI. Retrieved February 4, 2014, from http://www.strategicbusinessinsights.com/vals/presurvey.shtml
Wolter M.J. (Fall 2013) Organizational Communication. Eastern Connecticut State University