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Love, Layoffs and Liberal Arts: Why Centre Grads Are the Happiest (Most of the Time)


October 17, 2013 By Laura Boswell ’94        

Centre College Boswell (right) with Centre classmate and friend Lynn.

Recently, my phone's message light blinked green-green-green above an impossibility: a message from my 20-year-old nephew, Hunter. And not his usual grunt response to some sports story I texted him:

—"Tom Brady just threw a touchdown so hard the CHEERLEADERS CAUGHT FIRE!!!"

—"Yup."

No, this was, like, full sentences. He was going on a Kenyan mission trip, with a stopover in London. He knew I had studied there during my Centre days and wanted to know what sites to squeeze in.

So I advised him on key landmarks: Big Ben, Parliament, Piccadilly Circus' neon thrum. But I realized that my happiest London memories weren't those famous places, but the tiny moments, the ones you don't scratch into a travel journal. You're not having tea with the queen; you're sitting in the dorm room window with your roommate Lynn, swinging your feet and feeding the geese below with crust from the all-you-can-eat buffet pizza you pilfered under your jackets because you're so Pound-poor.

Yet that window is where you become best friends, even today.

My Centre career as a whole was much the same. Of course I enjoyed my classes—even edified my shipmates with a dormant lode of Humanities training on Ionic columns during a recent Greece trip (you are welcome!).

But what I remember most...Read more






Centre College, founded in 1819, offers its students a world of opportunities, highlighted by the nation's premier study abroad program and a faculty ranked #5 in the nation for "Best Undergraduate Teaching" at a liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report in 2013. Centre graduates enjoy extraordinary success, with entrance to top graduate and professional schools, prestigious fellowships for further study abroad (Rhodes, Rotary, Fulbright), and rewarding jobs (on average, 97 percent are employed or in advanced study within 10 months of graduation).


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