October 01, 2018

Everett Teetor ‘17

I went to Beloit College because I believed that Beloit would supply me with the hands-on, applicable experiences that I know are the best way for me to learn, and the Miller Upton Forum did exactly that.

“The Miller Upton Forum impacted me greatly, shaping my view of the world, capitalism, the development of countries, and my identity as an economist. Before the 2016 Miller Upton Forum, I was very interested in business finance and investments, a very concrete side of economics. In our senior seminar we delved into the works of Dierdre McCloskey, an economic historian who had recently finished a trilogy discussing capitalism and the development of the world economy. I was never a fan of economic theory, and in previous classes we had generally looked at just one or two pieces of literature from an economist and then moved on to another. Focusing solely on one economist made a huge difference–I was able to put myself in her shoes and see the world through her incredible lens. To be sure, I did not agree with everything she wrote. But my small differences showed me where I stood in relation to her, and reflecting on this experience helped me to figure out my identity as an economist. The Miller Upton Forum was a tremendously formative experience in my education, and I hope future Beloiters also find this to be true. I went to Beloit College because I believed that Beloit would supply me with the hands-on, applicable experiences that I know are the best way for me to learn, and the Miller Upton Forum did exactly that.”

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