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Academic Balance Beam

A few years ago, I had written an article questioning the worth of a liberal arts education. I had wondered where students’ job prospects lied after graduating with a degree in French or History. However, after growing as a person and encountering that the most well rounded people came from a liberal arts background, my breadth of understanding what a true education is all about expanded.
The statistics four years ago could have scared any scholar into jumping to a vocational school. Let’s be realistic, job opportunities were scarce and the only stable market consisted of those in the medical field. Now, with work opportunities stabilizing all across the board, technology no longer runs a company down the drain. People have learned how to use it as a tool rather than cower beneath it. Now, with this adaption society can return to the sustenance of what manifests life. As James O. Freedman was quoted in saying in The New York Times, “Liberal education opens our eyes…it’s about understanding yourself and having some resources to deal with everything life throws at you.” The former Dartmouth president speaks to the equal sentiment shared in articles written in the Huffington Post and Newsday.
While there is neither specific determinant nor formula as to what would be the perfect choice of college or university for a high school graduate, it is important that other than following their instincts and cost vs. benefit, there should never be a ruling out of a certain area of schools such as those in the liberal arts league. Various alumnae ranging from Hilary Clinton, Martha Stewart, Bob Woodruff and Bradley Whitford amongst others have shown that in various fields how their Political Science or English degree proved to useful.
Not only does a liberal arts education supplement the critical thinking skills required in any field, but it also helps stimulate interest and participate in learning about the world one lives in.


Technological Evolution

After years of technology going beyond our imagination, it has come to the time of either adapting or being left behind. About a year ago, I visited a library near my community. After checking out a pile of novels, I settled down beside the computer to do some work. The man beside me called for assistance.
“Ma’am, how do you sign into the Internet and create an email?”
Everyone around him peered over his or her screens. He looked as though he was in his late forties with grey strands hidden in his thinning, dark hair.
Her question was the same one that filled my mind. “Have you ever used a computer before?”
He swayed his head from side-to-side. “I try not to. I believe that technology will be the end of us.”
And there you have it. A prime example of when humanity allows for a rejection of advancement to be the end of their existence – a way in which they cease to exist to the rest of the world. While it may seem that technology tears society apart, through intensive research done by BBC News it opposes the idea and emphasizes the importance of being technology savvy. In Hi-Tech Brings Families Together it turns out that families that use technology to their advantage, such as phones or Skype, are closer than those who don’t use it at all.
While infatuations with pixels can go off the beaten path, like any other matter in this world – food, exercise and traditions – moderation is key. However, with any change we must embrace what it brings with a positive outlook or be remembered only as fossils from a distant age.

Prompt: In a poem of no more than 20 lines, describe an organism that learned to camouflage and adapt.