UPOP gives students the perspective that problems are not always just technical, which is something you don’t always get in school. UPOP shows them that issues can be about communication, and that knowing technical lingo is not always enough to make a case. Students need to understand that and be exposed to it.
UPOP is playing a very useful role by teaching different communication styles.
If you’re at MIT, you’re getting a solid technical background. Just be sure to learn how different people view the world and seek out that diversity. Get as many perspectives as you can. Based on what I’ve seen, UPOP students have the potential to go pretty far, if they just chase it.