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Liberal Arts Education Prepares Grad for Graduate School Challenges
Dylan Furlano

January 30, 2018

Dylan Furlano '14 left Susquehanna feeling prepared for whatever graduate school could throw her way.

"A liberal arts education truly does produce well-rounded scholars and I am so appreciative for that," says Furlano, who majored in creative writing and economics.

"My education at SU taught me to think both critically and creatively. The wide variety of curricula allowed me to develop skills in adaptation and enjoy the challenge of the unknown," she adds.

Working at State Farm during the day, she spent her evenings working toward a master's degree in Holocaust and genocide studies from West Chester University. She hopes to work in international policy or law, furthering human rights issues.

Originally a creative writing major, Furlano was encouraged by a professor to add an economics major after taking an elective her first semester.

"Economics is a way of thinking. I've found that even if I'm not purposefully tapping into that part of my brain, my training from SU's program still guides and influences my thinking. I'm grateful to have it as another lens through which I can view my own work and the world at large," she says.

"I encourage all students to seek out faculty members. They are one of the greatest resources available at SU," Furlano adds.

Furlano's academic interests didn't stop with her majors—she also minored in Jewish studies, women's studies and diversity studies.

"I found that I had varied interests and was lucky enough that SU's structure allowed me to pursue them all!" she explains. "Seize all opportunities—you never know where they will lead!" 

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