Trump’s top five campaign promises start with “building a wall.” He announced that he will make a wall in between Mexico and America. However, even his supporters question if this is actually beneficial for the U.S. since just building a wall will be very costly and America is not in a place to spend more. His second campaign promise was to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States. After the shooting in San Bernardino in 2015, Trump stated to New York Times that he will ban Muslims from entering America by the end of his first 100 days in office. However, immigrants argue that it is against America’s constitution about immigration to America. The Korean community is mainly worried about the new immigration policy. They fear that it will limit immigration and cause a problem for the Korean immigrants that are currently worried about their status in the U.S. Trump’s third promise was to bring back lost manufacturing jobs. He has said he will make this happened by withdrawing America from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. However, many experts also questioned the financial aspect of his plan. Also, other trading countries will team up to make the new economic trade plans going against Trump if he only prioritizes America. His fourth promise was to put tariffs on goods made in Mexico and China. He intends to do this because of the profit America would make with the tariffs, but Warren Maruyama, former general counsel to the U.S. Trade Representative, stated this will only cause loss of jobs and a trade war. Fifth promise was to replace Obamacare with a market based alternative. We’re not sure how he’s going to replace it exactly, but he has been dropping hints. Trump has promised to change Medicaid to a block grant program. He wanted to improve the quality of care and control costs. He’s going to make sure low-income Americans don’t lose coverage. However, many people fear Trumpcare will only benefit the majority and not the minorities who are undocumented and unprotected.
Trump was nominated as the person of the year in Times Magazine. He was named as the president of the segregated America. Many minorities have different opinions about Trump and are not sure about their future in America. Since we are the voters of the next presidential election, we have to look into what is going on and start thinking about the decisions we are going to make in 2020.
It might be easy to assume that Harvard students do not interact much with their teachers outside of the classroom setting; I think too many people imagine students spending the majority of their time studying in solitude in little cubicles in the library. While Harvard students do work hard on their own, this is at best an incomplete picture of the academic experience of the school. Harvard encourages deeper relationships between their students and faculty, and the school provides many avenues toward that goal.
First, a quick description of the different types of instructors at Harvard. Most important and prominent are the full-fledged professors. Professors conduct research and teach courses. Freshmen tend to take many of the same introductory courses, which (given the large class size) are often not taught by professors. However, there are special courses called freshman seminars which are courses taught specifically by professors and have a small class size (usually fifteen at maximum).
Large classes are often led by a professor, but divided into smaller sections taught by teaching fellows. Teaching fellows are usually graduate students who had excelled in the class as an undergraduate. My teaching fellow for introductory Economics 10A class is a Harvard Law student who had taken the class before. Most of the learning of the class comes in section with her. Sometimes, teaching fellows can also have course assistants, who are undergraduate students who had taken the course before. My Math 1A course is taught by a teaching fellow (a Ph.D candidate) in conjunction with a course assistant.
The mandatory Expository writing courses are taught by proctors, who are faculty specifically employed to teach only. Of all the the faculty, Expos proctors probably have the most interaction with their students. Each student is required to conference with their proctor individually for each major writing assignment. During conference, the student can ask questions about their paper and the proctor gives advice on how to improve upon the student’s rough draft.
Besides natural interactions during class time, the easiest way for a student to get to know their instructor is through office hours. Office hours are times set aside by instructors specifically for their students. Students can come visit their teachers (usually in their office), ask questions, or just have a conversation. Even busy professors, like Professor Greg Mankiw, have designated office hours for students. I regularly attend Professor Mankiw’s office hours and have had candid conversations. We have discussed the value of education in economics, his experiences working as the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, the popularity of the musical Hamilton, among many other things.
Most of the office hours consists of casual conversation and is not very structured. It is a relaxed environment in which to build stronger bonds with the instructor. Not many students take advantage of this opportunity (especially office hours for professors like Mankiw), and therefore, a student can often have a one-on-one conversation with some of the greatest intellectual minds in their respective fields. During exam periods, teaching fellows often hold extra office hours where students can come and ask questions about course material. There are many such office hours happening right now, because it is the reading period before final exams.
Another neat opportunity to interact with teachers is called Classroom to Table. If enough students of the same class desire to do so, they can invite their instructor to a meal outside campus, which Harvard pays for (up to $20 per participant, which is quite generous). My Expos writing classmates decided to take our proctor out for dinner, and we were able to have good food and fun conversation about her studies, opinions about the Harvard-Yale football game, past teaching experiences, and musical tastes. Again, Classroom to Table is another relaxed environment for students and instructors to interact, with the added bonus of good food paid for by Harvard.
As one can see, Harvard cares about its students and faculty and encourages the two groups to mingle, converse, and create deeper relationships. It is one of the attributes I like the most about my school.