The Great Recession hit when I was in middle school. That was a long time ago. In middle school I clearly didn’t care what was going on in the economy. Except for what we discussed in class this semester I never really bothered to understand what caused the recession. All I knew was that it was hard for people who wanted a job to get a job. I didn’t have a job until senior year of high school so none of that mattered to me. Now as a sophomore I have not taken nearly enough economics courses to understand the details. The past week or so that we have been talking about the housing bubble and indicators of the recession, all I have been able to think in class is: What is a mortgage backed security? What are assets exactly? Why do they matter in this class? What is a housing bubble? (commence mental images of a suburban house blowing up like a balloon) How am I going to write a ten page paper if I do not know anything about this stuff? Knowing that there are a few more sophomores in class, I am wondering if I am the only one who has been struggling to connect the dots. As for the essay, I do have my opinions on the future of macroeconomics. These opinions may not be backed by equations and financial terms, but hopefully simple logic will get me through this.