I never thought I would take an education or classics course, but the liberal arts curriculum here pushed me outside of my comfort zone.

Craig Silverman ’20
Photo by Emily Paine, Division of Communications

“When I first came to Bucknell, I was very focused on my math and economics studies. In today’s growing world of big data, an analytical mind is more important than ever. I have always found that my strengths lie in problem-solving and understanding numbers. But something I’ve really valued during my time on campus is my exposure to a more diverse portfolio of knowledge.

“The University’s small classes have given me the opportunity to build a rapport with professors within and outside of my majors. I never thought I would take an education or classics course, but the liberal arts curriculum here pushed me outside of my comfort zone. I took an Integrated Perspectives course on social justice, and it was very challenging for me. I am used to solving math equations with a single, correct answer, but the sociopolitical issues we covered were far too complex for that type of approach.

“Critical introspection is a major component of the course, and that’s a skill I have not had the chance to develop before. Through this, I’m learning how to become a more well-rounded student. I am also working on building my confidence and voice in big groups, so it is important for me to develop my debate skills and know how to articulate my thoughts to others effectively.

“The learning environment here allows you to succeed in unfamiliar disciplines because of the closer relationships you can build with professors and peers. My positive experiences with other departments pushed me to continue seeking ways I can challenge myself on campus.”

Craig is from Reading, Pa.

Posted October 2018