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Liberal Arts in Practice

Connecting Alumni and Students through Liberal Arts in Practice

Dear Alumni,

We invite you to contribute to Beloit College by writing and submitting a statement about how your Beloit education helps you to practice the liberal arts. We hope to select some alumni essays to share with new students who may not know what it means to practice the liberal arts freely and actively. How does the interdisciplinary flexibility of mind, the propensity to see and create connections between things, and the ability to imagine a given situation from multiple angles, play a role in your life today? 

We understand how challenging this is—but what better way of acculturating new students to Beloit than introducing them to your stories? To guide you through this process, we offer a few suggestions below. We thank you for making such a meaningful contribution to Beloit College.

Writing Guidelines

Tell a story:
Be specific. Imagine that you are writing to an eighteen-year-old incoming student— intelligent, curious, but perhaps not yet certain why she or he is in college, or at Beloit. Think of your own experiences, perhaps at work or in your community, for examples of how you practice the liberal arts, and what those experiences have to do with your Beloit education. Your story need not be heart-warming or gut-wrenching—it can be creative, it can be in verse, it can even be funny—but it should be real.

Be brief: Your statement should be between 350 and 500 words. Rather than composing a list, consider focusing on one or two core experiences or events.

Be personal: Write in words and phrases that are comfortable for you to speak. We recommend you read your essay aloud to yourself several times, and each time edit it and simplify it until you find the words, tone, and story that truly echo your experience and the way you speak. Make your essay about you.

Contact the Alumni & Parent Relations office at 800-331-4943.
Send in your story to!

Thank you!