Divisional requirements are unnecessary obstructions in my Williams education. In fulfilling them, I lose precious opportunities to explore subjects that truly fascinate and inspire me. Almost all of them happen to be in Division I. English, art history, art studio, classics, German, music, theatre, literary studies – I want to take them all, and not just on an introductory level. I’m practically salivating just thinking about it. Does this make me a narrow person? If so, I’m afraid there’s little that can be done about it.
I may be young, and shamefully ignorant of a great many things, but I know what interests me. It is ridiculous that I have to attend classes of little interest to me, in the name of broadening my already broad horizons, when I might be enrolled in something to bring me a lifetime of intellectual delight. I have always thought that fostering a love of learning was an integral part of the college experience, yet I find I am prevented from fully learning what I love. There is something wrong in that.