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Student Profiles

Are you considering becoming a philosophy major or minor? Here you can read what students are saying about majoring or minoring in Philosophy.

class of 2021

Students graduating in 2021

Aidan Piwicki

Aidan Piwnicki

How has philosophy impacted you?

Philosophy has managed to impact nearly every aspect of my academic career and personal life. The essential foundation of critical thinking, creative argumentation, and the capacity to comprehend complex literature all stem from my time learning philosophy. My viewpoints on reality, morals, and ethics are constantly shaped by the teachings I've encountered studying philosophy. Without a question, I have grown spiritually and academically as a result of philosophy. Plus, it's an honest challenge beyond anything I've learned prior to college!

 Who is your favorite philosopher?

I'm going to cheat with this one and name two! I've always been fascinated by George Berkeley's idealistic explanations of reality and knowledge (especially relating to modern-day quantum mechanics!), and I admire Kant for his role in developing philosophical ethics.

 How do you see philosophy shaping your future?

Given what I have already experienced with the impact of philosophy, I can see myself applying what I learned about writing clearly and scrutinizing arguments to my career, whatever it may be. In a world that is rapidly changing into an automated workforce, with divisive rhetoric constantly increasing online, and a generation now rooted in advanced technology, philosophy is a path towards a strong foundation in any career or lifestyle. The teachings of logic-based authors are still applicable hundreds of years later for a reason: They work to explain mysteries which we all face at some point in our minds. By taking abstract ideas, such as the nature of our senses to the moral struggle of sustainability versus productivity, and making logic-driven conclusions about these ideas, it adds to the important conversations we see playing out in political, scientific, and cultural theaters every day. Philosophy is the option which best prepares me to face these challenges and prepare for new ones in the future.

Zoe Gum
Zoe Gum

How has philosophy impacted you?

Philosophy has opened my mind to an entirely new world of thought. This subject has forced me to improve my analytical and conceptual thinking skills and, overall, it has made me a more thoughtful and deliberate person.

Who is your favorite philosopher?

Epictetus.

How do you see philosophy shaping your future?

I am hoping to pursue a career in environmental law, I believe that my background in the branches of logic and ethics will allow me to thrive in law school and throughout my future career.