The past month since I have written has been absolutely crazy. And in just over a week I’m headed to Washington D.C But let me explain the events leading up to this:
I am a member of the Fed Challenge Team here at Albion. We review all sorts of data to determine the current state of the economy and then present a monetary policy proposal based on our evaluation in a college competition. We then give a presentation which is composed of 15 minutes of a policy proposal and 15 minutes of question and answer. We have been working hard on this since the beginning of the school year. For the last few weeks we worked on our presentation for two to three hours a day and spent whatever spare time we had reading recent articles to be up-to-date for the question and answer portion.
On Wednesday (November 16), we traveled to Chicago to make our presentation against 19 other schools. The first round went pretty well; we got a lot of our nerves out and felt confident about how we did. Then we heard that we made the first cut, which cut the pool of 19 down to just four schools. From there, we went on to a final round. I have to say, I felt a little less nervous the second time through – but now more people we watching and we were up against Northwestern, who had won this competition the last seven years in a row. Our presentation went great, but then we watched Northwestern and their question and answer session was perfect.
After a long deliberation, however, we found out that Albion won the Fed Challenge!!
We were so excited that we had no idea what to do. Our professor didn’t even know what to say. Just today, we saw the score sheets that showed a tie between Northwestern and us! The judges picked us just by a hair.
This is where the trip to D.C. comes in. You see, since we won the regional Fed Challenge, we qualified for Nationals, which are held on the 29th of November. Little Albion College is will compete against Harvard, Lafayette, University of North Carolina, and Rutgers. What’s more, we will present in the board room at the Fed and meet Ben Bernanke himself!
I will be sure to let you know how it goes in Washington!
Meanwhile, the hunt seat team recently had a double header at the University of Michigan and a show at Saginaw Valley State. I started jumping in the novice division at the SVSU show and placed second. I jumped again at U of M and came in second again. The SVSU show was quite interesting because it was outside in the end of October during some particularly bad weather. The arena was pure mud and it rained for a good part of the day. Mud had sprayed all of our jackets by the end of the day and when I was on course, I could feel my horse’s feet sliding all around. The U of M show two weeks later was a total contrast. We had beautiful weather – and it was held inside.
Just goes to show our crazy Michigan weather! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!