Since I was seven, it was decided in my household that I would attend one of the UC universities. What more could a student going to public school in California want? However, my life ended up taking a detour. Bucknell offered me a full-tuition academic-leadership scholarship through the Posse Foundation. Posse’s goal is to take a group of students living in major cities (Cali, D.C., Boston, NY, etc), have them endure a rigorous 8-month pre-collegiate training program, then ship them off to prestigious liberal arts universities all over the country in hopes that they will use that education to become the “leaders of this country in every industry, occupation and profession”.
In the months after receiving my scholarship, I had a ton of doubts about coming to Bucknell:
1. It’s in the middle of Bumblef*** Pennsylvania
2. No one on the west coast had even heard of it (since it wasn’t a top tier UC or Ivy)
3. I didn’t know where I’d find a good hot sauce
5. J Crew, Vineyard Vines, and Sperrys replacing PacSun, Goodwill thrifting, and Converse
I’ve got about 769842 more but this blog would be way too long. Still interesting though.
So now to actually answer our prompt.
Working at the student calling program, I solicit donations from alumni by talking up Bucknell and all it has to offer. I’d say that in almost 95% of my conversations, the alumni are very satisfied with their liberal arts education, and I agree for the most part. Bucknell does make it accessible to take a variety of courses, majors, and minors (not sure about the engineers). For me, the most influential class I’ve taken has been Decision Sciences with Alia Stanciu. She’s a tough, but fantastic professor who really knows her way around Excel. I just received an internship for a position right now that is requiring me to use Oracle, a program she insisted we learn to better our understanding of the course. There’s a definite probability that I wouldn’t have landed this internship without knowledge of that program. The only issue I have with a liberal arts education, is that I don’t feel challenged enough. I always say that high school for me was way more challenging than Bucknell (with APs and whatnot). I assumed a libarts education would have kept me extremely busy with the variety of courses I’d be taking, but I’m graduating early and never overloaded, so I couldn’t have been that busy. In a sense that makes me sad because I wanted college to push me. I feel I’ve been pushed more socially (to understand East coast culture), than academically, and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing.