Humanities

BLC members with students

Advice from Alumnae

By Margaret Sun

Early November, alumna Lulu Chow Wang was back at Wellesley for the annual Business Leadership Council (BLC) conference. She was part of a panel where she, along with three other distinguished alumnae, addressed students about business startups. Besides sharing their life experiences and emphasizing that there is no recipe for success, just hard work, perseverance and passion, they all agreed that Wellesley taught them critical skills that helped them on their journeys.

Lulu majored in English Literature at Wellesley and subsequently went into finance on Wall Street. Her most powerful asset? She said it was her strong communication skills, earned from a degree in the Humanities.

Her niece Mei-Mei, who also spoke on the panel, couldn’t agree with her more. Although she didn’t major in English, she took courses in the department throughout her entire Wellesley career. Not because she was good at it, but because she wanted to improve her communication skills. Being able to organize and communicate your thoughts effectively, both in writing and verbally, are invaluable qualities in the workplace and in life.

Photo by Mojia Shen

The Humanities are the Difference THIS FALL.

The humanities inspire profound and challenging conversations about current issues of importance while holding the world of today in healthy historical perspective. Recent innovations on campus expand the reach of the humanities into digital scholarship (like electronic archives, e-notated editions, and the Mellon Blended Learning Initiative) and extend its visibility into a broad range of public venues (like into a broad range of public venues (like online journals).

In humanities courses, Wellesley students learn to think both critically and creatively, and to write with energy, precision, and cogency. These rapidly changing times require ever-more-refined communications skills, as well as an ongoing attentiveness to the aesthetic and cultural practices that the humanities uniquely provide. It is no surprise that Wellesley humanities graduates go on to succeed across a wide range of fields—as writers, lawyers, business consultants, diplomats, teachers, scholars, and involved citizens.

Humanists of Wellesley

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