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College 101 – Liberal Arts in the United States

College 101 - Liberal Arts in the United StatesMany students apply to colleges in the United States where their list looks something like this: Harvard, Yale, Princeton. While college ratings show one tier of higher education, there are many colleges under the radar that also offer an excellent undergraduate experience. Liberal arts colleges such as Amherst College, Williams College and Hampshire College tend to be residential, smaller in student size, and often come with substantial aid packages. They promote multidisciplinary learning where the first two years are typically spent exploring a range of subjects.

However, there isn’t sufficient information readily available about these smaller schools. Myths exist that the curriculum at liberal arts colleges concentrates only on the arts, and does not include natural or applied sciences, social sciences and the humanities. People also believe that graduates from liberal arts universities are disadvantaged in the job market, when statistics indicate otherwise.

It is difficult to gauge a college’s experience from a continent away. Join us for a panel discussion with students and alumni of liberal arts colleges, who will speak about their personal experiences, dispel popular myths, and share what they gained from their college careers.

What are these schools actually like? What are the things students wish they had been told before they left? How much of the admission process is based upon popular misconceptions? The panel will be followed by an open discussion with the audience.

Students and parents of students thinking about applying to the US are especially encouraged to attend.


  • Farah Mohammad is a freshman at Bennington College. Her major is currently undeclared, as she is exploring different subjects of interest.
  • Mustafa Sadiq Tawab is a freshman at Bennington College. He plans to major in the social sciences, specifically Politics and Economics.
  • Sadia Khatri is a junior at Mount Holyoke College. She is majoring in Astronomy and Journalism.
  • Ali Hassan spent two years majoring in Mathematics at Berea College, after which he transferred to CUNY. At CUNY he had significant coursework in Computer Security. Ali is an editor by profession, an avid reader of philosophy, lover of the arts and a computer nut to boot.


The panel will be moderated by Mariam Sabri who majored in International Relations with significant coursework in Digital Media from Mount Holyoke College. She has worked in higher education planning and curriculum development at Habib University and the Education Enrichment Foundation. Mariam is committed to promoting the liberal arts, interdisciplinarity and innovative pedagogies in Pakistani university curricula.

Date: Monday, 4th February, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F), 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi.

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