My ideal college experience rests on the notion of academic flexibility and confidence. Throughout the next four years, I want to immerse myself in intellectual realms that I currently may have no knowledge of. Since the academic opportunities at the College of Arts and Sciences heavily rely on interdisciplinarity and a balance of breadth and depth, my studies here will fulfill my desire for a heightened appreciation of the world and our place in it. Penn’s One University policy will also prove essential for me, as I will eventually want to expand my horizons beyond the borders of the arts and sciences subjects.
The College’s emphasis on the cultivation of critical reading, writing and thinking skills, coupled with its aim of teaching the arts of asking questions and pursuing answers through research, will perfectly respond to my intellectual desires. For instance, I will utilize the Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships to take part in, or initiate, research in the humanities that will address my interest in computational literary analysis.
The Integrated Studies Program would address my wish of challenging myself with thought-provoking questions and not-so-easy answers. The unique nature of this program would offer me the invaluable opportunity to acquire the tools and approaches required for cross-disciplinary experience. I am excited to discover how different branches of knowledge interrelate as we tackle complex problems and ideas, and how these kinships can enable us to demystify the human experience and to solve various problems of today’s world.
My primary major of interest is English, although I aim to infuse my study of Literature with supporting disciplinary studies in such fields as Philosophy and History; I find it fascinating how the humanities overlap with and make use of each other. Since as an English major at the College, I will have the chance to choose one of the 16 concentrations to specialize in, the English program at Penn is a true fit for me. Of the current concentrations, I am most interested in 20th Century Literature and Culture, which is interdisciplinary in nature. Such...