An Open Letter To New Liberal Arts College Students: What You Should Know On Day #1

Adam Weinberg, president of Denison University wrote an open letter to students starting their liberal arts education.  It’s good advice to take advantage of the unique opportunities available in the liberal arts.

Dear Class of 2020:

On your first day of college, there is almost too much to think about. Your room. Your roommate. Your family back home. Your course schedule and books and the location of all those buildings with names that still sound unfamiliar. The people around you seem different from the ones you knew in high school. Everyone you meet, and everything you see, is new and interesting. It’s exciting, maybe even anxiety producing.

So why am I giving you more to think about? Because you are about to experience a type and caliber of education that every student deserves, but very few receive. You have enrolled in a liberal arts college, and you should make the most of this. Your goal is to get a world-class education, one that prepares you to lead a great life.

But it will not happen by accident. It will happen when you step up, and step in. To get off on the right foot, here are a few things that will help you. For college to matter, you need to focus on three things:

Curious to know what those three things are?  Read the rest of Adam Weinberg’s letter at the Huffington Post.


About Dr. J. Metzker

I believe in the power of a liberal education to transform individuals and society. I am currently the Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. Formerly, I led a community engagement initiative and held a full professorship in chemistry at a public liberal arts university. I am a proud product of The Evergreen State College.
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