It was the first class of a data science course in the MIDS program. Our instructor started off with a question: “Do you think this academic program gives you a better career?” We gave a bunch of answers, quite the ignorant folks that we were. Of course, is this even a question at this point?! Yes, here are all the new things we’re learning. Yes, the instructors are top-notch. Yes, look at the syllabus and the projects, yada yada … nothing surprising there.
The instructor asked, “Yes, but how do you know that the program is making you better? What if you joined the program because you were motivated enough to apply and work through it, and therefore you’d get better in your career anyway?”