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Dale Dankert

Major:
Liberal Studies

Class Year:
2004

Hometown:
Kingsley, Michigan, United States

Current Position and Employer:
Counselor, Women's Resource Center in Traverse City

What campus did you attend? What drew you to the liberal studies major there?
Traverse City. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do or be. It's a flexible degree so I wasn't locked in. I could create my own degree. I got to combine psychology and sociology, which no other degree offered.

What did you like most about the program?
The diversity of students. There were a lot of well-read, well-spoken, well-traveled people and a great amount of people from all walks of life. It was the first time I was ever exposed to such a great cross section of people.

What was your emphasis area and how did you choose the courses to complete it?
I called it social conflicts and created it by combining sociology and psychology. I took all the required courses and then searched for any social psychology courses I could find.

How did your liberal studies degree and emphasis area prepare you for your current career?
The two things I took most from it is first, a better knowledge of myself and second, a much better ability to think. Critical thinking is critical knowledge. You can use it everywhere and liberal studies is where I was able to take that ability to the next step.

What post-graduation accomplishment are you especially proud of?
I suppose going on to the master's degree in counseling. I was very well-prepared for that. I love the job that I have now and liberal studies opened the door for that.

Would you recommend a liberal studies major to prospective GVSU students? Why?
I always say that lib studies students are wonderful misfits because we are not easily defined. It attracts very intelligent, creative people who simply are not easily defined. That is what brought such impressive diversity to the classroom.

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