Senior farewell: Engage in the liberal arts

By Ann Gilly,

Let me try to type this without laughing: I graduate in less than a month.

Yeah, it didn’t work. I laughed. More of a chuckle and a snort, really.

It doesn’t seem like I’ve spent four years here (partially because it sometimes feels like I’ve spent eight). I knew this year would fly by, but I didn’t expect it to be this quick. I feel like I have so much left to do, whether it’s homework or classes I want to take or lessons I want to help teach.

That’s probably the biggest thing I will miss about college: the opportunities to learn and talk about whatever I want. Sure, you can read books and the Internet. But the “real world” doesn’t have classes on women’s studies or multicultural organizations that meet every week.

And that’s the advice I want to leave: Pursue things you care about, even if it’s outside of your major.

I wasn’t a fan of the idea of a “liberal arts” school when I got here. But after I took my first art history course, I understood why it’s so important. The class gave me so many new perspectives and insights to consider and opened my mind up to new ways of thinking. It inspired me to take more classes outside of my major to help me enrich my overall education, major studies included.

Consider this somewhat of a plea: Take classes that pique your interests and open your mind. Go to cultural events with a hunger to learn. Make the most of those required events instead of nodding off or whining about it. I guarantee you’ll be surprised at what you will find.

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations.

When she isn’t staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible.

This is Ashley’s third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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