Last week, Leeds MBA students gathered in the backroom at Bohemian Biergarten, a favorite spot in downtown Boulder, to share Powerpoint presentations with their peers on the key takeaways from various elective classes. The purpose was to give students a fun and informal opportunity to learn about classes they may not have had the time to take, from the perspective of their classmates. Additionally, CrashClass would provide another fun way to continue building community.
CrashClass was the brainchild of Class President Allie Ahearn. When asked where the idea for CrashClass came from, she explains:
Throughout my time at Leeds, I've been impressed with the breadth and depth of the course offerings. At some point, you have to select a focus, simply due to time and resource constraints, but what if you could gain the high level overview of each course? From there, in discussions with friends and classmates, the idea of CrashClass emerged: five minute, Ignite-style presentations with the objective of sharing your personal takeaway from courses in your focus.
Allie adds an afterthought about how this event aligns with the student culture at Leeds:
And really -- it's quite a nerdy event, spending hours on a weeknight reviewing courses, but it speaks to how Leeds supports and respects learning of all types that the event gained support from the start.
Many second years gave presentations for elective classes they have taken. One presenter was Mason Henderson, who presented on the class Market Intelligence. He describes his reasons for participating:
I decided to participate in CrashClass because I wanted to help other MBA students better understand the value of the course offerings at Leeds. The event included free food, my favorite, and was off campus at a local watering hole. My favorite takeaway was seeing the comedic side of some of my classmates as they presented.
A first year student in attendance, Amsbry Ball, shares her impressions from the night:
The informality of the event allowed the personalities of the presenters to really shine through. I felt like I got to know some of the presenters a bit better and wished I had sooner. It is easy to get wrapped up in classes, group projects, and applying for internships, making it difficult to connect with members of the other class, but events like this break down barriers and help to build community.
If the first year class wants to hold their own CrashClass next year, this event could become a new Leeds tradition, helping students gain more insight into other concentrations that could be useful in their careers, as well as strengthening their community.