I think that the way Bucknell classes are taught pushes you to step outside of your comfort zone. They teach you to stretch your mind and consider things that you've never learned about before.
"I came to Bucknell as a psychology major. I had taken a class in high school and was instantly hooked. I really liked thinking about why people did what they did and what went into their decisions and behaviors and emotions. I really wanted to understand them with the ultimate goal of helping them with psychological problems.
"With religious studies, I took a class on a whim just to try it and completely fell in love with it. I really like having an awareness of more than just my own tradition and of trends around the world instead of just how they operate in America. It gives you a much greater understanding of people. Religion and psychology relate in that sense.
"I think that the way Bucknell classes are taught pushes you to step outside of your comfort zone. They teach you to stretch your mind and consider things that you've never learned about before or take a step back and look at the things you take for granted. When I went to Denmark with the Bucknell in Denmark program, it forced me to get rid of a lot of the assumptions I always had and look at how someone else views the world.
"Bucknell has really prepared me for the real world. I have learned how to pay attention to what needs to be done and how to take initiative in getting it done, as opposed to waiting to be told. Bucknell also instills an understanding of different cultures and people in its students and that has been really valuable for me. It has broadened my horizons and has taught me how to appreciate all kinds of diversity."
Beth is from New Oxford, Pa.
Posted November 4, 2013