Merin Guthrie is the CEO of Kit, and she has a suggestion that you don’t hear all that often in today’s job market: go to a liberal arts school and take as many courses as you can in the liberal arts:
Liberal arts colleges aren’t always the first choice. They aren’t the names that people know or the colleges with die hard football teams. Instead, liberal arts are celebrated as engaged communities of students who want to be prepared for the future – and still have the opportunity to zero in on your interests.
So why should you still consider going to a liberal arts school? Let’s take a look:
Focus on You
Many of the schools that aren’t liberal arts schools tend to have a focus on research and grad students. Of course they have undergraduate programs, but they feel a little impersonal and many of the courses are taught by grad students. A liberal arts school tends to focus on the undergraduate student experience, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Sense of Community
Since liberal arts schools are smaller, there is a great sense of camaraderie. The smaller a student population, the opportunity you will have to form meaningful relationships with each other and with professors. Many people tend to think these colleges feel more like home.
Access to Professors
Professors not only make or break your college experiences, they can have a huge impact on what you do after college as well. Creating a connection with a professor will make it so that you can get a stellar recommendation letter, a personal connection, or even an inside scoop on a job.
Even better, these professors are more willing to go above and beyond to help you.
Paying for college is difficult, there’s not denying that. Many liberal arts schools have higher tuition rates that scare people away. However, they also tend to offer financial aid packages, especially if you succeed in academics, talent, or merit. If you are diligent, you will be able to find a private school that costs as little as a public one.
For many careers, you just need to have a college education – it doesn’t matter in what. This is because you tend to learn critical thinking skills that prepare you for just about any job. Liberal arts schools, where the classes are smaller and the professors allow you think for yourself more often through discussion. Students can hear different thoughts and formulate their own ideas.
Education on All Fronts
A liberal arts education means that you get a little bit of this and a little bit of that. You take classes in many areas, including the humanities, arts, sciences, society, philosophy, religion, and even community outreach. This means that you will be able to go on any career path instead of one that is specific.
At the end of the day, students at liberal arts colleges spend a majority of their time communicating through speech and written word. In fact, they get this in equal amounts, which is harder in schools where there are many more students. They are also able to get more teamwork and community involvement.
Of course, not all liberal arts colleges are the same and some have more benefits than others. Still, there is a reason why so many students choose to call these schools home for four years.