Bringing economics to life
Published 23 April 2008
Rachel Waterworth, a third-year economics major, has won a commendation in a national essay competition. Rachel was one of eight short-listed finalists in the 2008 Economics Network Student Competition.
The theme of the competition was "What makes the best learning experience for you?" Students were required to submit essays reflecting on their experience of studying economics.
In her essay, Rachel, who is originally from North Yorkshire, described why she had chosen to study economics in the first place. For Rachel it was all started by a teacher in her secondary school who had instilled in her a real enthusiam for the subject, and shown her the relevance of economics to every aspect of life. Rachel then went on to discuss what makes a good lecturer, and the importance of having a peer group with as much motivation as you.
Rachel concluded her prize-winning essay be writing:
“Without lecturers who inspire and teach well, you will not gain an interest in economics, and without peers who challenge and support you, you will not strive for a better understanding of economics. Without understanding or motivation you will not learn, and it is because of these two things that I have learnt so much from my time at university.”