Chris Opila ’11:  A liberal arts education may have provided me with a proverbial map and compass but it is spirituality that ensures my orientation towards the proper target.   At its core, a liberal arts education is meant to be more than the mere achievement of a Bachelor’s degree; it is a process of preparing young men and women to become citizens in a rapidly changing, flawed, and selfish world. It refines not only the intellect but also the individual as a whole.  During my three years at Middlebury and year abroad in Alexandria, Egypt, spirituality afforded me a framework and a peer group with which to digest my new-found knowledge and direct it towards a higher purpose. Spending a few hours a week sitting next families in a church pew, praising God with friends through song, or hanging my head alone in prayer provided time for vital personal and interpersonal reflection over insights.


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