October 01, 2018

Julia Wang ’17

The Senior Seminar and Upton Forum provided students opportunities to perceive different opinions on the same cases and events, and to learn to think critically.

“In 2015, we had Professor Yasheng Huang from the Sloan School of Management of MIT as the Upton Scholar. Personally, it was once of a life-time experience. As an international student from China, I am aware of the fact that part of our history is usually not spoken of publicly. However, history is often not a simply right or wrong, or who to blame matter. What is more important is to acknowledge what happened, what can we learn from it and how we can improve. I would never have engaged in the topic deeply if it were not for the Senior Seminar and Upton Forum. I was able to view and study from an outsider point of view what happened, the pros and cons of the planned economy, and why the Soviet model failed, to learn what the West says about the East, and to evaluate critically and objectively. The Senior Seminar and Upton Forum provided students opportunities to perceive different opinions on the same cases and events, and to learn to think critically.”

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