Statistics Can Be Fun!
September 13, 2011 § 1 Comment
After a wholly relaxing day of exploring S. Pearl Street with my roommates (and finding a tea house, coffee shop, and tons of local shops and restaurants), I’m finally getting to work. I just finished reading and doing some exercises for my first statistics class (which meets on Saturday afternoons, weird!) and I could not be more excited for this class! “Wait,” you may be saying to yourself. “A development student who is excited about statistics?!” I know, I know. I’m probably the odd lady out in this bunch, but I can’t help it! I’ve never been the best at math, but statistics have always excited me. When you study statistics, you start paying more attention to the information around you– and in many cases you find that it’s misleading.
Apart from being able to debunk claims made by major news networks, a strong quantitative background is surprisingly important in actual development work, whether you’re researching for a think tank or you’re on the ground with USAID. For those of you considering the M.A. in International Development, think of taking a basic statistics course during your time in undergrad to get a leg up and start seeing the world in new ways. If you have any questions about the statistics requirements at the Korbel School, or if you would like to declare YOUR love of statistics, please leave a comment!