• The Benefits of a Liberal Education

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    This 3 page paper argues that a liberal education is just as important as one in business or the “hard” sciences because of its power to transform student’s lives, and the lives of those they meet. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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    them that if they want to make money theyd better take business courses, or get into technology; after all, whats the good of studying literature, art or music? This paper  argues that a liberal education is one of the most challenging and satisfying courses of study, because it forces students to learn how to think; and more importantly, what that  thinking means to the way they live their lives. Discussion David Foster Wallace gave the commencement address at Kenyon College in 2005; its very funny and at the same time,  down-to-earth; what he calls the "no bullshit" approach to education (Wallace, 2005). Wallace points out the its almost as if liberal arts students had to defend themselves for not choosing  the fields that are almost a guarantee of big bucks. But liberal arts, he says, is a discipline that has real value, because it shows students "how to keep from  going through your comfortable, prosperous, respectable adult life dead, unconscious, a slave to your head and to your natural default setting of being uniquely, completely, imperially alone day in and  day out" (Wallace, 2005). The fact is, Wallace argues, that graduating seniors dont yet know what "day in, day out" really means; he says that there are whole huge parts  of life as American adults that nobody talks about, especially in commencement speeches (Wallace, 2005). "One such part involves boredom, routine and petty frustration" (Wallace, 2005). He then gives a  wonderful illustration of what he means, a story that will be familiar to anyone with a job but which illustrates a reality the seniors might not have faced. Suppose, he  says, an employee in one of the many faceless corporations that dominate American life has a tough job and he or she just wants to get through the day, go 

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