Liberal Studies 100 (08)
December 16, 2009
Paving the Way for Success and Happiness through a Liberal Education:
An Integrative Statement
Throughout this course my overall knowledge – of life, of the world, of what is necessary
to live in today’s society – has grown immensely.
This understanding, as I later learned is liberal
At the beginning of this semester I read the essays and completed the assigned work,
but I failed to depict the meaning hidden underneath.
Through the LEAP programs and the
course readings, I was introduced to new, deeper levels of thinking.
I was then able to see how
these deep meanings are relevant outside of the classroom.
It was these connections that initiated
my ability to distinguish the concept of liberal education and produce my own convictions.
became able to deduce that the transformation from a novice to a liberally educated individual is
not something that is easily identified; rather it as a combination of qualities that – by
complimenting self-satisfaction enables one to perceive the world efficiently in today’s society.
Having that said, I believe liberal education is learning that allows one to obtain prominent
abilities through experiences that will lead them to personal and community fulfillment; these
abilities include self-initiation, personal responsibility, a balance of diversity,
one’s origin of happiness, persistence, and the ability to empathize with others.
It wasn’t until I attended LEAP programs that I ventured into deeper thought and
consequently discovered the life lessons portrayed in the text.
Likewise, I have come to believe
that my education starts now and everything that I accumulated up until this point is no longer
relevant, no longer necessary.
If my later understanding classifies the prior as naïve, then I