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Jay Patyk

The Principle of Diminishing Marginal Utility will never apply here...

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San Jose State University MA, Economics
San Jose State University BS, Business Administration-Management
San Jose City College AA, Industrial Arts

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Foothill College in the Spring of 1999, I spent over eight years in the private sector working in various professional capacities, such as sales management, merchandise management, procurement, and marketing. These positions, and the responsibilities associated with them, provided me with a wealth of knowledge about how to successfully navigate a business through the perilous waters of the market place. I enjoyed each and every one of my positions, and found them all to be personally and professionally rewarding, but not nearly as much as what I have experienced being a professional educator.

I have always believed that life is really nothing more than one big experiment, where choices move us in this direction or that, providing each of us with the opportunity to discover what we like and dislike in life. And throughout this lifelong experiment of ours, there is one thing that will most certainly be a constant companion, and that is change.

Unfortunately, very often we find ourselves incapacitated by the prospect of change, and relegate ourselves to doing what is familiar and what we deem as safe. However, I believe if we do not explore and seek out new challenges and new opportunities, how will we ever truly know whether or not we could have reached a higher level of happiness and personal satisfaction by the time we have concluded this experiment called life? Therefore, take a chance. Embrace change. What have you got to lose?

I have always felt that change is neutral, neither good nor bad. It is simply how one perceives it to be that makes it what it is. Learning involves taking chances, risks and ultimately making changes of one kind or another. And through that process of change comes our most important educational experience of all...learning about ourselves.

Community College - A Personal Perspective

As you can see above, I have been a community college student once, and I am acutely aware of what it is like to attend a community college. I will never forget those turbulent years right after high school. Honestly, if it were not for the community college system, I probably would have never been able to attend college, and therefore would never have earned any of the degrees that you see above. But thankfully, the community college system was there and it was available for me to pursue my academic goals at a very reasonable cost, which was critical since my higher education was completely self-funded. Furthermore, it provided me with a solid educational experience, the study skills, the confidence, and most importantly the belief that I could succeed in a collegiate environment. And for this I am eternally grateful.

Not to philosophize, but it's safe to say that much of the reason why I am here at Foothill College is due to the fact I enjoy learning and have a tremendous passion and interest in Economics. However, on a much deeper level, the reason why I am teaching here at Foothill College is because I have the desire to help make someone else's goal or dream come true, whatever that may be. Help being the operative word.

In other words, I am here to give back something that I was given when I needed it most. That something might be a greater level of comprehension, improved study skills, or even fostering that sense of belief in oneself that they too can succeed in a collegiate environment. And whatever the goal achieved or dream realized, I am confident society will be the ultimate beneficiary.

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For Cogitation

"The master economist must understand symbols and speak in words. He must contemplate the particular in terms of the general, and touch abstract and concrete in the same flight of thought."
John Maynard Keynes

"Economics is significant, then, not merely because it investigates an important slice of life in the market place, but because the phenomena which emerge in a relatively clear and quantitative form in the market place are also found in virtually all other human activities."
Kenneth Boulding

"The great advantage of the that it permits wide diversity. It is, in political terms, a system of proportional representation. Each man can vote, as it were, for the color of tie he wants and get it; he does not have to see what color the majority wants and then, if he is in the minority, submit."
Milton Friedman

"After order and liberty, economy is one of the highest essentials of a free government...Economy is always a guarantee of peace."
Calvin Coolidge--Speech, 1923

"Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone."
John Maynard Keynes

"The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education."
Emerson--Journal, 1831

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