Friday, March 1, 2013
Topic 3: Where Choices Lead
Setting the money factor aside, there are still things that was sacrificed in order for me to attend Pacific American School. I had to quit local school and say goodbye to my friends and everything I knew so well to be a part of a new environment that does not speak my native language. I also had to give up my chinese abilities in order to persue english improvements. Another oppurtunity cost is perhaps the other american schools in Hsinchu that I could not attend. The things I have sacrificed in order to get into the Economics class are less dramatic. The only oppurtunity cost would probably be Modern China, a class that I was going to take before I kenw about the opening of this Economics Class.
I thought the decisions made for me attending Pacific American School was perfectly rational on my parent's part. I have demonstrated through time too what they believed - I do better in a more creative atmosphere. The american-styled education gives me room to expand my creativty and I love being able to do that. At the same time, PAS is also very strict about the acadamics so I will not slack off and can build up a very solid foundation. With that being said, I do believe that the benefits of attending PAS outweigh the costs. If I have been in total control of my life, I would probably have made the same decision because the benefits really do outweigh the cost.
The decision for attending this economics class was also rational. I have always been interested in Economics and Economics class in school is the perfect oppurtunity for me to absorb. The benefits of attending Economics now do outweigh the cost of forgoing attending Modern China however by a little less then that of my decision to attend PAS. This is because the classes we take each year are flexible and I probably can still take modern China next year if I chose to take Economics this year and vice versa. Therefore, it can almost be viewed as a prelongation rather then a sacrifice. Regardless, if I have been in total control of my life, I would have made the same decision because again, the benefits of learning economics do at the moment, outweigh the cost.