Peek into the future
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Rohan Ramakrishnan, a class XI IB Diploma student at a private school in Gurgaon, shares his experience of participating in a young scholars programme to experience college life first-hand
With plans to pursue a liberal arts degree in college, I decided to apply for the Young Scholars Programme at Ashoka University to experience college life for a week as well as amass a greater understanding into the term liberal arts education.
The residential programme has been developed to introduce the idea of a liberal arts education to high school students. It encourages participants to debates and discussions in various disciplines such as economics, history and literature. While I was engaging in debates with fellow scholars, I noticed each controversial topic had different perspectives, and realised that one should look at subjects from different points of view to increase one’s thinking capacity.
Apart from the academic lectures, the programme also incorporated different activities such as workshops, presentations and sports. Workshops on photography and film-making were offered as recreational activities to unwind following the lectures. Having been fully occupied with my final examinations that occurred a fortnight prior to the programme, I took up painting and
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Throughout the week, I noticed that we were provided with an immersive college experience. From having the option to dine at the various restaurants on campus during mealtimes, which I often did with my peers, to exploring the campus grounds at dusk in solitude, we were offered the same liberties as those given to the college students. Apart from gaining a greater understanding of the importance of a liberal arts education, the experience helped me make new friends from all over the sub-continent and create wonderful memories.