During the economic downturn of COVID-19, investing in the stock market can be a particularly risky business. Andy Song ’22 and Serina Lee ’20 have actively been investing from an early age, but during the current crisis, Lee’s portfolio plummeted while Song’s came out unscathed. What was the key factor playing into each of these outcomes? Song said it may have been pure luck.
Could Coronavirus Lead to More Students Taking Gap Years?
NEW YORK – The danger of the coronavirus – and the potential for it to radically change life on college campuses or keep instruction online this fall – has some students considering putting off their studies for a semester or a year. “There is more ambiguity about how many students will show up for college this fall than I can remember in my career,” Terry Hartle, senior vice president of the American Council on Education, said.
The lockdown of Manchester city centre in the wake of COVID-19 has turned into an opportunity for Alliance MBS student Mohammad Afridi to trial his on-demand delivery platform while also helping vulnerable people across the city. The final year BSc Accounting student from India has spent the past couple of years researching and planning his peer to peer delivery platform DeliKart which aims to deliver any item across Manchester city centre direct to a customer’s door.
Most experts predict we will not have a vaccine for COVID-19 until mid-2021, more than a year from now. In the meantime, the American higher education community is going to be turned upside down, and the educational effects will last long after the virus has been brought under control. What will the impact be? Here are 10 predictions. Summary: disruption will finally arrive.
Victoria’s Redbrick tops $80M in annual revenue
It takes more than an idea to build a successful company. It takes leadership, a mix of resources, investment capital, and most importantly, people. Victoria’s Redbrick serves as a great example. In 2011, the company started out as an intimate, red-brick office of software developers — and has since grown into a global portfolio of disruptive tech-first companies that are engaging audiences around the world.
Society has done us a disservice by asking too many times, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” This question is limiting in the way it pushes us to define an end rather than a journey. It is also misleading in its implication that you will only “be” one thing. The truth is that most people do not have an idea of where they ultimately want to end up. Even those who do are often surprised to find that their journey takes them on a path that’s entirely different from their initial aspiration.
To retain talent, most organizations offer the typical things: free coffee and tea in the break room, competitive benefits, generous raises and bonuses, and employee recognition programs. But none of that works for an employee who doesn’t feel comfortable in his or her work environment. Picture, for example, a Muslim who prays in his car because he doesn’t want to advertise his religion, a mother who doesn’t put up pictures of her children so that coworkers won’t question her commitment to the job, or a gay executive who is unsure whether he can bring his partner to company functions.
Amid the economic uncertainty sparked by coronavirus, bitcoin appears to have new momentum. The price of the largest cryptocurrency is up 90% since March 16, when widespread U.S. school closures and stay-at-home orders began. The crypto community cheered the arrival of the third bitcoin halving on May 11, the event every four years in which the reward for mining bitcoin gets slashed in half as a measure to control the creation of new bitcoins.
A year ago, taking a gap year barely crossed my mind. But now, because of the coronavirus, I’m seriously considering it. As colleges debate whether to restore in-person classes or continue having online ones in the fall, I’m debating whether I should enroll this fall or take a gap year first. My thing is, I don’t want my parents to spend so much money just for me to take Zoom classes from my bedroom. I’ve always imagined what my first year in college would be like. I was really looking forward to conversations that start in class and continue over meals in the dining hall with my classmates. If this fall term is remote, those discussions won’t be possible. Even if I got to be on campus, it’d be hard to have these conversations with people who are six feet away.
The strange oscillations that first emanated from the small synthesizer factory of Robert Moog, Ph.D. ’65, more than a half-century ago in the quiet village of Trumansburg, New York, have become signature sounds reverberating throughout the history of electronic music – from Wendy Carlos to Daft Punk; from Emerson, Lake and Palmer to Flying Lotus.