Cory Leonard

What Are You Going to Do With That? – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education

In career on January 8, 2011 at 12:55 am

This discussion of chosing a life and the importance of moral imagination has made the rounds on the Chronicle last year.

The problem with specialization is that it makes you into a specialist. It cuts you off, not only from everything else in the world, but also from everything else in yourself. And of course, as college freshmen, your specialization is only just beginning. In the journey toward the success that you all hope to achieve, you have completed, by getting into Stanford, only the first of many legs. Three more years of college, three or four or five years of law school or medical school or a Ph.D. program, then residencies or postdocs or years as a junior associate. In short, an ever-narrowing funnel of specialization. You go from being a political-science major to being a lawyer to being a corporate attorney to being a corporate attorney focusing on taxation issues in the consumer-products industry. You go from being a biochemistry major to being a doctor to being a cardiologist to being a cardiac surgeon who performs heart-valve replacements.

via What Are You Going to Do With That? – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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