What a Liberal Arts Education Means to Me
One aspect of academic life here at Dartmouth is the broader focus on a liberal arts education. I'm sure you've heard that term thrown around quite a bit from multiple colleges, but I think that a lot of people have different ideas of what a "liberal arts education" truly is in a college setting. I have heard various definitions and perspectives on it, and developed my own as well. To me, a liberal arts education involves a curriculum that encourages students to study a broad range of disciplines and topics, picking up certain skills that can benefit them in multiple career paths.
This liberal arts layout can be clearly reflected in the Dartmouth curriculum. For graduation, every student has numerous requirements in different academic distributions to fulfill over their time here. Ranging from technological and applied sciences to world cultures, these requirements allow us to truly expand our knowledge and create an interdisciplinary and multifaceted experience.
I personally enjoy this well-rounded curriculum. During my own college application and search process, I was torn about what to pursue. Half of me wanted to go to a theater program that allowed me to focus exclusively on the artS, while the other half wanted to study social sciences, working more traditionally academically. I ended up pursuing a small few of schools that excelled in one of those two areas, but the majority of schools I applied to were well-rounded enough that I would be able to focus on both of my passions simultaneously. Dartmouth's liberal arts education allows me to do just this, which is one of the most significant reasons for why I sit here writing to you all now. I dreaded having to choose my sole passion to pursue for years, and because of well-rounded education systems like Dartmouth's, I genuinely don't have to decide.
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