I believe that a liberal arts education is very helpful in order to strive in today’s world. But I don’t think that it is necessary to be successful. First, let’s talk about the advantages of a liberal arts education. A student at a liberal arts university is subjected to a wide variety of disciplines and can receive a broader knowledge base than those who don’t get a liberal arts education. Furthermore, students interact with many different types of peers who are interested in different subjects. This diversification provides the student with a better understanding of the real world, where you will meet people who are very different from yourself. These aspects of a liberal arts education coincide with the Ancient Greek philosophy of skills to help prepare the student for societal expectations.
In today’s world though, I don’t think it is necessary to receive a liberal arts education to be successful. Two extreme cases are Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. Neither of these men attended college and both strived in the world today through their creativity and natural entrepreneurship. I also know first-hand that a college education is not needed by the examples of my uncles. Both of my uncles didn’t attend college and now run a multi-million dollar temporary staffing business. They each have different personalities- one is the strict business guy and the other is the social butterfly who interacts with all of their clients. The duo has been running this business for more than 20 years and has built it up from the bottom to the top of their small business industry. Using these examples, clearly a liberal arts education is not necessary to be successful or “truly free” in our society today. In my opinion, it’s all about being driven, working hard, and using your skills to your advantage. Overall, I don’t think a liberal arts education is required to get and maintain a job that enables you to enjoy a standard of living above that equivalent to a wage slavery job. Furthermore, a college education isn’t necessary either. But if you do attend a liberal arts institute, I think it’s important to take advantage of that and get exposed to as many subjects as possible to broaden your knowledge and understanding of different fields.