A frosh’s first purple key fair is an exciting, eye-opening experience: There are tables upon tables of groups with smiling faces ready with a handshake and blurb about group X, a capella groups are eagerly courting everyone in sight in the hopes of winning the favor of the few who will make callbacks, and Frosh Revue…. is being Frosh Revue.

In fact, the same experience repeats itself every year for me – I always walk away impressed that my school and student body support so many activities and clubs that are never on WSO, and often don’t hold public events that outsiders can read or write about. As a senior said two weeks ago: “I got up to go the bathroom, and signed up for 6 more clubs!”

It’s completely impossible to experience all that Williams has to offer – yet there is also the urge to continue to try new activities and broaden our horizons before the real world forces us into a given path. Yet, that urge to specialize also moves into the lives of seniors, as they give up activities to intensely study one subject, or forgo a summer abroad in favor of a career-boosting internship. The path of Williams of satisfying divisional requirements, then undertaking a major possibly capped by a thesis, also supports the idea that we should specialize as we spend our four years here.

How does that relate to the broad-based education a liberal arts education is supposed to provide?

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