Arts & Humanities: Don't Leave College Without Them

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CORINNE JEAN-GILLES AFRICANA STUDIES & POLTICAL STUDIES When I was nine years old, I was the only black dancer in my class and often felt excluded from conversations. At the time, I was unaware of the larger societal impli- cations that made me feel marginalized amongst my peers. After constantly experiencing microaggressions, I understood that to be successful in American society I would have to work ten times as hard as anyone else. I learned the value of ambition, advocacy, and leader- ship. In the future, I aspires to become a Civil Rights lawyer and to continue showing others that beating the odds is possible. I was the Community Service Chair of Black Student Union and a Student Researcher at my college. I joined the project “The Arts and Hu- manities: Don’t Leave School Without Them” because I wanted to emphasize to my peers that students who are culturally competent are more likely to leave a greater impact on the world than those who are not. As a researcher, I hope to continue educating and learning through diverse perspectives.




Because I am interested in using student voices to cre- ate social change, I began my first year in college when I participated in a class that led me to co-author the book Generation Now: Millennials Call for Social Change (available on Amazon). I have has since assisted with the editing and writing process of subsequent volumes of the same series and co-authored an article on 4Humanities called “Social Change through Storytelling.” She is currently devel- oping a project called A Letter to My Little Sister to cre- ate positive change about women’s rights and gender equality. Kathleen has also spent a semester as a legis- lative intern for Congressman Paul Tonko in Washington D.C. and a semester in Seville, Spain.

As a Vietnamese student who is studying at a liberal art college in the United States, I was having a lot of doubts about what I can do with a liberal art degree at undergraduate level, particularly one that will pro- vide me with plenty of job opportunities and desirable earnings. Professor Henseler’s project has given me the chance to dive deeper into the availability of many unique career prospects of these majors. I reckon that many students decide to set their interest in studying liberal arts aside as they are having bigger concerns about their future affordability, while believing that studying Literature cannot guarantee a stable and sus- tainable career. I hope that through this guidebook, everyone will have a broader view on the liberal arts college system, and upcoming students will be more confident in pursuing their passion, knowing that the subject they are fascinated by has much more to offer.

My name is Jennifer Duran, and I am an Economics major with a Spanish and Psychology minor. The opportunity of being able to research interesting and well-paid jobs in the arts and humanities has a personal tie with me. I consider myself someone interested in a variety of topics (hence the difference in my major and minors), but being in a liberal arts school has given me the abil- ity to not only explore all those areas but see how they inevitably fit together. The pursuit of interdisciplinary studies creates a tremendous amount of possibilities for potential paths any student can take over the course of their career. At first, I thought being a first generation college student would leave me with a shortage of op- tions, but coming to college has shown me an overflow of options. So when people ask “What do you want to do after graduation?” and I say “I don’t know”, it is not because my course of study has led me to a dead-end, it is because the possibilities are endless.


Arts & Humanities

Don’t Leave College Without Them


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