Like most 18-year-old students, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life when I started college. The liberal arts education that I received while at Saint Vincent College was perfectly suited for me at that time. My liberal arts education exposed me to a wide variety of subjects. This experience was vital in convincing me that I wanted to pursue a PhD in physics. My time at Saint Vincent College put me on the path that would eventually lead me to become a physics professor and researcher at MIT.
The science and mathematics courses I took at Saint Vincent College prepared me for graduate school, and many of my non-science courses have helped me in my chosen career as a physicist as well. For example, the philosophy courses I took helped me better understand human thought. This has proven to be extremely helpful in my career.
The science and mathematics courses I took at Saint
Vincent College prepared me for graduate school, and many of my
non-science courses have helped me in my chosen career as a physicist as
At a more abstract level, I think the most important thing that I learned while at Saint Vincent College was that I love learning itself. The famous American physicist Richard Feynman called it “the pleasure of finding things out.” By the time I left Saint Vincent College I had not only chosen physics as a field of study, but I also had come to appreciate why I wanted to study in the first place. The latter is more important than the former and doesn’t just apply to academic study. For example, I have enjoyed learning about other cultures while visiting more than 20 countries in the past five years and while living abroad for four years.
I have no idea where I would be now without the liberal arts education that I received at Saint Vincent College. What I do know is that I am happy with where I am...and that I still have a lot to learn.