Don't Leave College Without Them
This is not the advice most often heard among students. We all know not to leave college without a plan, a skill-set, a career path, but without the arts and humanities? Why not?
That’s the question students and young professionals will answer in this guide. Through their voices, they share what they want you to know now about why and how the arts and humanities can play a foundational and transformative role in your lives and careers, whether you are thinking about going into the art world, into business, medicine, engineering, environmental science, or any other profession.
The Arts and Humanities are your ticket to a successful, transformative and meaningful career.
Essays by Students and Young Professionals
Lists of Career Options in Various Fields
Essays Answering your Most Pressing Questions
Interviews with Students, and Mom and Dad
Profiles of Young Innovators
GIGS: Descriptions of Jobs
Success Stories: Famous People with Degrees
Fun Facts & More
A PRACTICAL GUIDEBOOK
FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS
written for students
by students and young professionals
We all know not to leave college without a plan, a skill-set, a career path, but without the arts and humanities? Why not?
That’s the question we, college students, young professionals, and faculty members will answer in this guide. In our own voices, we share what you might want to know now about why and how the arts and humanities can play a foundational and transformative role in your lives and careers, whether you are thinking about going into the art world, into business, medicine, engineering, environmental science, or any other profession.
This guide will expand how you think about the role of arts and humanities in your professional career.
Hi! I'm Christine, and I created this guidebook.
I'm a professor at Union College, in upstate NY. I teach classes on contemporary Spanish language and literature, on social change and innovation, and even on sustainable living, but when I was young I wanted to pursue the arts. I wanted to be a graphic designer or a set designer.
What happened to me, is something that probably happens to many of you students: I didn't think I could make a living working in the arts. And I didn't know about the incredible opportunities at the intersection of the arts and other disciplines. Yet, over the years, I've seen creative innovators and global and ethical thinkers designing and building entrepreneurial endeavors, working for more inclusive communities, and imagining more human-centric tomorrows. In essence, I wish I had known then what I know now.
This guidebook is meant for all of you who wonder how you can lead with or integrate the arts or humanities into your professional futures. Whether you want to double major, minor, or even just take some classes in the arts and humanities, this guide is meant to expand how you think about your career options through the voices and experiences of like-minded peers. I hope you find it helpful.
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