Name: Emaly Bostaph
Major: Business Administration
- Why did you choose MU? I came to Methodist as a transfer student my sophomore year. There are a lot of reasons I chose Methodist which I didn’t get from my previous big university. To start, Methodist has fewer students which means smaller classes, and I was excited that I could actually get to know my classmates and my professors. I did not want to be one student in a sea of many who interacted with a teacher’s assistant instead of the professor. Another thing that made me transfer to MU was the business school: I loved the variety of majors and how I could mix and match majors and minors to tailor my education to the things that interested me but still make it all count. Another thing that I liked was the physical size of the campus: everything is close together so I wouldn’t be running from one side of campus to the other to make it to my classes on time. Overall, I liked the school’s size, environment, classes, opportunities, and location!
- What do you plan to do with your business degree when you graduate? After I graduate I would like to work with project development or project management and learn all I can about running a business. After a few years of soaking up everything I can, I want to start my own company!
- Which product do you wish you had invented to sell and why? Had I invented paper I would be the reason why stories exist in books and why documents such as the Federalist Papers and Constitution were not just ideas in people’s heads but translated into historical documents that have withstood the test of time.
- Tell us what kind of music you enjoy listening to and why. Honestly I love listening to a variety of music genres: rock, pop, classical, alternative, jazz.
- If you could work for any Fortune 500 company which would it be? Walt Disney Corporation! I have been going to Disney World since I was a little girl and some of my fondest memories have been made in the parks with my family, so it would be an honor to work for them.
- Would you rather have the ability to fly or go invisible? Definitely. How great would it be to be able to travel wherever you wanted and not have to pay for a plane ticket?!
- What’s your favorite thing about Math? I love how in math there is (almost) always an answer and there is a specific formula to reach that answer. I’m a visual learner — I like to see the information on paper — and with math, the work isn’t thought of in your head, it’s tangible on the paper in front of you (unless it’s three-dimensional shapes in geometry or conic sections in calculus… don’t get me started). For me, being able to do a problem based on a formula, work thought it, and arrive at a provable answer is rewarding and it builds confidence as you move up to more challenging and complicated math classes. I always try to remind the people I tutor that math can be challenging but it can also be incredibly rewarding.
- Inside or outside your major, which has been your favorite class so far and why? Without a doubt my favorite class has been Economic Growth and Development. It was a seminar-based class that encouraged discussion amongst the students. Every week our professor would start by lecturing a topic (ex. financial foreign aid) then we would independently listen to the same podcast on that topic and come back the next class and discuss. The best part was that everyone had different backgrounds, different perspectives, and different opinions — which we got to respectfully argue — giving me the opportunity to learn more than I ever could have from the typical textbook-based class.
- Where is your favorite spot to hang out at MU and why? One of the places I spend a lot of time in is the study rooms inside Davis Library. I really like how I can schedule time in one of the rooms and I don’t have to worry about whether or not one will be available. I use them for a lot of reasons: tutoring, study groups, projects, individual studying, club meetings, etc.