Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

The core of education

Career ConversationsI was already a fan. A Mac computer sits on my desk in Park Hall; at home, an iPod contains a good portion of my music collection; and an iPhone travels with me wherever I go. Like millions of others, I have found my life changed by Steve Jobs’s vision, and I read the stories about his life and accomplishments with admiration, respect and a sense of satisfaction.

Although a college dropout, Jobs consistently expressed a deep appreciation of the liberal arts. He famously credited his study of calligraphy at Reed College as later influencing the development of the first Apple computer. He described the company he founded as a liberal arts organization as well as a technology firm. “I think our major contribution [to computing] was in bringing a liberal arts point of view to the use of computers,” he once told an interviewer. One commentator dubbed Jobs an exemplar for liberal education.

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