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Academic Concerns
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THE STUDENT WHO IS CONSIDERING GRADUATE SCHOOL
Sometimes you will meet with a student who has discovered
a passion for, say, biology. She is a sophomore and has
decided that research in biology is her future and that means
she must go to graduate school. Or you will meet with a
student who finds that he cannot read enough Moliere, nor
can he read enough about Moliere. Hence, graduate studies
in French literature are all that he can imagine doing. It is
wonderful when students discover a passion for intellectual
work. And we should encourage such passion as much as we
can.
For the student considering graduate school, refer them to
your institution’s career services office to get information
about various paths toward graduate work.
The student considering graduate school can sometimes
present challenges. For instance, a neophyte biologist will
perhaps wonder why, since she knows that she is going to
graduate school in biology, she needs to take courses outside
her interests to meet the college’s requirements. Similarly, a
French lit ephebe may put off fulfilling pesky requirements
that he feels are “useless” to him. In other words, these
focused students are willing to sacrifice the breadth that is
the hallmark of a liberal arts education for the narrow allure
of a specialty. It is recommended that you steer these
students toward your college’s academic advising office. You
can help by demonstrating to the students your own
dedication to the broad education a world-class university