I often find myself wondering in moments of stress, why am I in school? I begin to daydream about traveling around the world and going on exotic adventures. Seriously, why am I here studying in Winnipeg? This is usually when my parents’ voices start to kick in: “But what about your future, Emilie?” Three things generally come to mind when I think of this question: getting a Bachelor of Arts (BA) can help me build a basic knowledge of diverse subjects; it will open doors and present me with opportunities to benefit my future; and it gives my soon-to-be employers confidence that I am credible and self-motivated.

Youth often hear a lot about getting an education and I’d like to share with you why I believe a BA is important to have.

In my past two years at CMU, I have learned more than I imagined possible. I’ve been challenged and pushed to think of things that never entered my mind before and because of this, I am much more knowledgeable about myself, and the world around me.

My BA provides me with an understanding, not only of my major, but it gives me an awareness of a variety of subjects that will extend into every area of my life. As I continue to learn about different material, I feel myself preparing to enter life after CMU with a strong understanding of my beliefs, and the people and the world around me.

Entering university, you get a profound and in-depth understanding of subjects that you want to learn and you get the opportunity to challenge and question. Regardless of what job you enter into after graduation, you will be prepared with knowledge of diverse subjects that you have thought about and know what it means according to your beliefs and person.

This is what employers want as they hire employees. They want somebody who they can rely on, who is credible, trusting, and most importantly, knowledgeable. You are prepared for almost any encounter, whether that may be with qualifications for a job, a stepping-stone for another degree, or a casual dinner conversation. Not only does a BA prepare you with an understanding of diverse subjects, but it also prepares you for the next step.

Emilie Roussis is one of CMU’s Student Ambassadors