Smaller class sizes, more direct engagement with students, and — perhaps controversially — more writing would all go a long way in making us an even better university than we already are. But all of this should be done cautiously. Overcorrecting might prove to create more harm than good.
My point in writing this has little to do with telling you about all the different options available to you. I have only been an independent for about three weeks and there is so much more out there for me to discover. I simply want to suggest that being an independent is not only possible, it can be deeply enriching.
Critical and broad thinking can be effectively achieved by reaching outside our comfort zone, and part of receiving a liberal arts education entails exploring unfamiliar fields.
Many students who are pursuing one of the 6 BSE degrees find themselves in classes in the Engineering Quadrangle throughout the day. For the students on the regular meal plan, finding a place to go to lunch can be frustrating.