Fledgling Professionals: Undergraduate research is a bittersweet practice that pays off while excessively burdening students

By: Michael Petrany All I want for Christmas is a good grade on my senior thesis. This time of year is always one of frenzy, whether of the commercial or academic variety. The latter hits closer to home here at Xavier: many of us are less concerned with wrapping presents than with wrapping up term papers and thesis drafts, sending off abstracts to conferences and editing manuscripts for possible publication (fingers crossed). All of these things, it seems, are necessary (but not sufficient) to get on the “nice” list of academia. Specifically, unless you want coal in your stocking, or … Continue reading Fledgling Professionals: Undergraduate research is a bittersweet practice that pays off while excessively burdening students

The education bubble: schooling or education?

By: Andrew Del Bene This column is the second piece in a two-part series. “Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats To pick up where I left off, I’d like now to ask: what are we paying for and why? And I’d like to start by asking you, the reader, why exactly are you enrolled at Xavier right now? My guess is that for most of you, myself included, the answers would all boil down to some baseline of: it’s what was expected of me, my parents made me, … Continue reading The education bubble: schooling or education?