Posts from "October, 2011"

ASU President: Why the U.S. Economy Needs Liberal Arts Majors

Florida Gov. Rick Scott recently argued that Florida needs to refocus attention and tax dollars on math, science and engineering in order to spur job creation. He wants to do this, however, at the expense of liberal arts majors, pointing to anthropology in particular as a frivolous pursuit. Arizona State University president points out the flaws in the argument and underscores the value of the liberal arts, even in the area of job creation.

read here: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2011/10/michael_m_crow_president_of_arizona_state_university_explains_wh.html

Scholarships to Consider

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Visit http://opsf.byu.edu/
for information on the following scholarship opportunities:

Gates-Cambridge Scholarship
The Gates-Cambridge Scholarship funds graduate school at the University of
Cambridge. Deadline: October 1 for some fields, October 15 for others
(see website for details). 

Hertz Foundation Fellowship 
Provides
fellowships tenable at three dozen of the nation’s finest universities for
graduate work leading to a Ph.D. in applications of the physical sciences. Deadline:
October 30, 2010.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship 
Are
you planning on working in civil/public service? The Truman funds graduate
school for students who have plans to work in a public service capacity, which
covers a very wide range of professions and careers. Deadline: November 2011

Critical Language Scholarship Program
The
CLS funds language instruction abroad in Arabic, Persian, Azerbaijani,
Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, Chinese,
Japanese, or Russian. Deadline: November 15, 2011.

National Security Education Program (NSEP)
Boren Awards

The NSEP offers undergraduate and graduate awards
of $4,000-$30,000 for study abroad in areas that are critical to U.S. security
interests: Africa, Asia, Eastern & Central Europe, Middle East, Latin
America, and the Caribbean. Deadline: January 31, 2012.

Why You Need Passion

Following one’s “passion” in a time of financial crisis and a tough labor market may seem frivolous and even risky. Yet employers and HR directors often tell me that the thing they like about humanities majors is their passion for the subject matter. Even if humanities fields (medieval philosophy, renaissance poetry, 19th-century French art, etc.) have few direct or obvious connections with the world of work, employers know that this underlying passion, usually fuelled by intellectual curiosity, is a rare and highly desirable trait, one that can be harnassed to other  pursuits valued by the marketplace.

Steve Jobs perhaps explains best why passion, or “loving what you do” is so crucial for a long and successful career:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuNQgln6TL0&feature=related

See also this NYT piece on how Jobs channeled his passion for culture and style into product development:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/08/business/how-steve-jobs-infused-passion-into-a-commodity.html?_r=1&hp