Expanding the mind and the heart
The intensive academic curriculum demands maximum time and energy, and many students struggle to find time for other activities, even if those may benefit them personally and professionally.
Ophir Ilouz and Ran Benyamini, outstanding graduates of the School of Computer Science at the College of Management Academic Studies, did not go easy on themselves and joined the college’s Program of Excellence despite the heavy work load.
Every year, the Program of Excellence of the College of Management Academic Studies challenges outstanding students who have completed their freshman year, picking two students from each of the college’s schools. The selected students are awarded scholarships for each year that they participate in the program.
Ilouz and Benyamini say that their participation in the program included weekly meetings as well as initiating and implementing many interesting projects. For example, they describe a community project in which the team renovated an air-raid shelter for the use of children at risk in Ramat Eliyahu , a neighborhood in Rishon LeZion . They say that, apart from the renovation itself, they had to raise money for the project so organized a very successful stand-up show at night and did other things to help raise the amount needed.
Ilouz and Benyamini say that the A Team’s activity at the Palmachim beach and the volunteer work where they helped struggling school pupils, each in their field of expertise. They say that they helped pupils in mathematics and the law students helped in Hebrew lessons. The students initiated a project to increase awareness among school pupils about the dangers of social networks, talking with young people about the power of words online, how much they should share online, and how to do it.
Exposure to different fields of knowledge
Participation in the Program of Excellence does not just involve community projects, but also tours and lectures on a wide range of subjects. Ilouz and Benyamini say that the lectures provided different approaches and perspectives to subjects they did not study in their regular classes. They add that, at the lectures, they met top experts in their fields, such as the CEO of IBM Israel, and learned about their world views.
Ilouz and Benyamini mention the close social ties between the members of the A Team, noting that the program’s biggest advantage is the opportunity it gives them to learn about subjects outside their curricula at the School of Computer Science. They say that the chances of doing something unrelated to the program were almost nil, but that, in the program, they were exposed to additional worlds of content and did things which helped them personally and professionally, giving them great satisfaction.
Lead: Ophir Ilouz and Ran Benyamini, outstanding graduates of the School of Computer Science at the College of Management Academic Studies, did not go easy on themselves despite the intensive work load and joined the college’s Program of Excellence: The chances of doing something unrelated to the program were almost nil, but in the program, they were exposed to additional worlds of content and did things which helped them personally and professionally, giving them great satisfaction.