The Global Roots alumni panel set out to answer the recurrent question: “So what exactly do you do with a liberal arts degree?” Rest assured, our alumni had the answers, as their discussion delved into their experiences abroad during their undergraduate journeys and how they not only influenced their career choices, but also their outlooks on life. As our alumni recounted stories from their time in Paris, Buenos Aires, and other cities around the globe, and even looked back fondly on the senior-year thesis-writing process, current students in the audience (and their parents) heard how Global Liberal Studies would prepare them well to go boldly into the world.
Take it from one of our students, Yujing Zhang:
The highlight of the entire week for me was the Alumni Mixer, when I encountered former students and saw the fruits of the program. From working in the recruitment field to hosting a radio program, to leading the culinary industry in Paris, our alumni are transforming the knowledge they had acquired in GLS into solid skills to rock the city, the nation, and the world. If I still had some doubts and concerns before coming to the event, I felt entirely relieved at the end. I could imagine my potential future while learning about what our alums have achieved. I saw an image of where I could end up working and living one day, which could in fact be anywhere in the world, as the invaluable experience of spending up to two years abroad, being fluent in another language, and completing an internship in another country will truly equip me for my future endeavors wherever I am. I was happy to know that with the interdisciplinary, well-rounded education that GLS provides, I could potentially carry out conversations with different groups of people about a variety of subjects and be prepared for a wide range of careers. I am excited to be a part of this growing and thriving program, and I look forward to seeing what GLS will achieve with another 10 years!
Representing a wide range of disciplines and diverse global perspectives over the course of the past decade, Global Liberal Studies is imagining new forms of knowledge production.. With such ambitious goals, it’s no surprise that a celebration of GLS accomplishments would be a marathon of provocative and engaging events. We’re thrilled to recognize the achievements of our incredible faculty and students, and we thank you for joining us in celebrating GLS at 10 Years.