After three gap-years, I decided that it was time for me to grow up and begin university. While I was looking through the courses I hoped to take, I happened upon Arts One. My plan was to graduate with a History degree. Coming from a small high school with an IB programme, I loved the layout of Arts One.
The thing that really sold me, though, was the reading list. There were so many books that I recognized as ones of intimidation (read: Nietzche). I can honestly say that Arts One changed my path. Not only did my professor inspire and encourage me to try something new, but my classmates did also, maybe even more so. I am now in English Honours and loving every moment of it. The demands of Arts One prepared me for the requests of English Honours.
Not only did Arts One prepare me for my classes, but for the social university experience. Because I was a commuter student, I was prepared to go through my first year alone. Thankfully, my first year was much more eventful. I was a part of the Arts One council and thereby helped plan events for the lecture groups to get to know each other. The size of the seminars also helps with fostering new friendships. With only 20 people in the seminars, you begin to know each person by name in the first two weeks. Then you begin to understand why some of your classmates see things in a different way than you, and how amazing that is.
You must have an open mind to people and their ideas. I grew so much by realizing that not everyone will see things the way that I do. There was several times when I would mention something that I saw as so apparent, yet not many others saw it. Every class, I learnt something new from my peers. The tutorials were extremely helpful, as well. It was extremely beneficial, especially as a future teacher, to understand my mistakes and better my editing skills.
Arts One made me a better student, a better friend, and a better person.