“Learn how to think. Become literate and learn how to communicate
what you think. Get a liberal arts education,” said my father as he
counseled me through the panic of trying to choose a college. He
believed the right college would be a place to learn, not to train. My
liberal arts education did not train me for a job, it trained me for
Inquiry is both the gift and the skill I took away from Austin
College in Sherman, Texas. Because my education gave me permission to
know, question, and challenge, I am a life-long learner. It took away
the fear of the unknown and gave me the chance to succeed regardless of
the environment. That well-rounded learning experience taught me to look
at all the possible solutions from every angle imaginable. It also
helped me appreciate that solutions can be found in unexpected ways and
from unanticipated relationships.
Learn how to think. Become literate and learn how to communicate
what you think. Get a liberal arts education.
The confidence to question and to explore is why a little girl from
Texas can grow up and work for a President of the United States. From
my college education, I learned how to defend a controversial point of
view. It prepared me to land in a new city ready to meet new challenges
rather than collapse in fear of potential obstacles. My choice of an
independent, liberal arts college has made a difference in the kind of
life I’ve had the opportunity to live, both personally and
professionally. I guess I’ll just admit it: My dad was right.