Mom: But considering the cost of this investment, wouldn't you be better off going into a STEM based field where you can apply your direct knowledge?
You are all aware of my choice to further my education at a coliegte level, but especially In the liberal area. My choice has been based off of my passion for knowledge, learning skills to apply in my future, and being able to apply my degree in multiple areas.
Frederick Douglas, freed slave once declared . . .
"Education on the other hand, means emancipation. It means light and liberty. It means the uplifting of the soul of man into the glorious light of truth"
Douglas compares education to freedom through parallelism as he claims they come hand in hand to one another. The freedom aspect was major because he spoke as a black rights activist but the freedoms that come with today's advantages of knowledge are just as important. Especially being a woman wanting to enter the workforce.
Considering Douglas's position as a freed slave, he preaches about power. If education really is power than it provides a sense of freedom in the way that nobody has complete control over you. So, Douglas preaches to his listeners about the importance of the destination that education will bring one to.
For some people, yes. But there is more potential for me to receive and apply my knowledge.
It has been recorded that "the percentage of students majoring In subjects like English and philosophy have declined... 7.6% of bachelor degrees were awarded in English... by 2012, that number had fallen to 3%" (Zakaria)
Not only would I have a large opportunity of receiving a degree In a liberal area, but I would be able to apply my work to a variety of jobs. Considering there is a lack of interest due to the stigma of earning a degree in a STEM based field, there is a demand for people to pursue these areas at a college level.
Michael Roth, president of Weslyan University notes that "the habits of mind developed in a liberal arts context often result in combinations of focus and flexibility that take for intelligent .. . critical assessments of the risks"
People with liberal arts degrees analyzing and pursuing a well thought risk that will be beneficial to their future.
"I think we can do it, let's buy the house! It is an investment in our future."