Miami Feels Like a Community

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>>SARA EILERT: I think that Philosophy really
prepared me for just about any job other than heart surgery or, you know, accounting or
something with a real skillset like that, in that everyone is looking for people who
can write clearly, who can communicate their ideas, who are comfortable sitting at a seminar
table or a conference table and defending ideas, thinking of new ideas. I feel like
while I didn’t get a degree in business or economics or nursing, I was prepared to do
a lot of different things that I never, ever expected. I’m really glad that I got a degree
in Philosophy. Both when I was at Miami and then when I started
my job search afterwards, I was very lucky to be mentored by wonderful faculty members,
but also my peers in the program and former graduates as well were fantastic when I was
thinking about other graduate programs and then when I was pursuing jobs outside of philosophy.
They all gave me great advice, they were very supportive, and just generally helped me decide
what was going to be important to me as I took the next step. When I graduated, I thought about pursuing
a graduate degree in Philosophy, a PhD, and had considered programs, but I decided to
take some time off. I knew that I wanted to stay in higher ed, and I knew that I liked
working with professors, I knew that I liked working with students, so higher ed publishing
seemed like a natural fit. I immediately started looking for jobs. I knew other humanities
people who had gotten jobs in publishing as well, so I just started putting my resume
out there, networked with other alums who worked in publishing, and it worked out well
for me. I got a job right away. The liberal arts really prepare you to work
with a variety of people. You get exposed to a lot of different ideas. If you’re only
in the biology lab all day long, or if you’re only doing pre-med all day long, you sort
of miss out on conversations that are happening in your life and just around you. I love the
liberal arts because I found a lot of things that I don’t think that I would have found
if I had only been focusing on a particular major and if I hadn’t opened myself up to
taking new classes or meeting new people. What I love most about Miami, what I remember
most fondly, and it was fun driving here this afternoon and seeing the campus again and
the street names, is just the small community here. It’s a big school obviously, I think
a lot of people don’t recognize how big it is, but it feels like a community. And it
feels like a place where people, your instructors, your professors, and the other students really
care about what happens to you. You’re a name and not just a number. I was really, really
happy to find that here at Miami. And it was fun to come back and feel that as well.

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