500 Things to Love about Penn State: #499 ECON 102 with Dirk Mateer

Do you know what I don’t love? Economics. Mostly because of the graphs … too many graphs.  And is it just me, or do most of them look exactly the same anyway?

But I make one very special exception to my usual aversion to economics for one of the best classes at Penn State: ECON 102 with Dirk Mateer.

Originally planning to avoid taking economics for as long as possible, the one piece of advice my older brother gave me before scheduling my classes was this: Take ECON 102 with Dirk … just do it. I couldn’t argue with that, so I registered. Needless to say, best advice EVER.

I’m definitely not the first to say it, and I definitely won’t be the last, but Dirk Mateer is the man. If you’ve taken his class, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t taken it, go register for it now. And if you already took ECON 102 with another professor, what were you thinking?

The perfect combination of professor, comedian, economist and just a really cool guy, Mateer manages to take Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy” and make it accessible and relatable to life, beyond Wall Street and supply and demand.

Between the games we played in class and his real life examples that actually — wait for it — made sense, Mateer gets the prize in my book for best ECON professor ever. I mean, how could you not love a professor who starts every class with a song (that actually relates to class)?

Clearly, ECON 102 with Dirk Mateer is just one more reason we love Penn State.

And if you miss your weekly dose of ECON with Dirk, don’t forget to “like” him on Facebook (you know you’re awesome when you a fan page) and follow him on Twitter.

Photo by Sam Florio

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