Interdisciplinary Studies, my past, present and future.

For me, Interdisciplinary Studies is a representation of who I am.  It accurately reflects how I spent a military career, how I will complete my long time education goal, and how I will enjoy my future through volunteerism, and community service.

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Education is not one dimensional, at least mine hasn’t been.  Education is full of various opportunities, the variety of curriculum in itself, the format of learning, and the application of the applied knowledge.

As a transfer student coming to Plymouth State with “a lot” of credits, I have a multi discipline approach and a lack of specialization down to a “T”.  As Moti Nissani states in “Ten Cheers for Interdisciplinary”, “All too often, experts forget that “problems of society do not come in discipline-shaped blocks” (Roy, 1979, p. 165).”   I can say in response, neither has my formal education, which is precisely why the Interdisciplinary Studies program appealed to me, and seems to be a perfect fit.

My education and training has evolved from a traditional public school system, to specialized training throughout the military, to various job titles and positions.  It also included community college along the way, and multiple levels of career progression and responsibility.  At present day, I am working my way through the web of college level classes, the required Directions and Clusters, and working to finish a degree to both satisfy academia prerequisites and represent my own interest; demonstrating multiple disciplines, Organizational Administration.

Now that I am retired from the military and focusing on giving back to my community, I can especially identify with Vartan Gregorian’s, “Colleges Should Reconstruct the Unity of Knowledge”.    Where he says, “Instead of helping students learn and grow as individuals, find meaning in their lives, or understand their role in society, college has become a chaotic maze where students try to pick up something useful as they search for the exit: the degree needed to obtain decent employment.”   While I am done with a satisfying career, I am looking to use my knowledge and degree to further contribute in ways with the Town of Sandwich Conservation Commission, the Sandwich Fair Association, and the Over the Hill Hikers.  Groups and organizations which I am currently active with and serve as with Secretary, Chairman and “Den Mother”, a more distinguished term for organizer.  As you can see, my life is truly Interdisciplary, even after retirement.  But the focus of both Organizational and Administration, are fully representative of my career, education, and interest, from past to present, and I anticipate a long future ahead.

3 thoughts on “Interdisciplinary Studies, my past, present and future.”

  1. We were taking newly-approved programs and turning them into templates in the office the other day. This is something we do in order to give incoming IDS students the chance to see how prior students have created different majors through our program. We share contracts with the names and identifying info of students stripped out to protect privacy. When we got to your contract, though, with its unique mix of transfer and military credits, we realized that no other student will ever duplicate your program exactly. And this is what I most love about working with you. You’ve taken your unique path and set of experiences and worked to bend out institution around them, so that the university supports your journey (rather than having your journey modified to fit the structure of the institution). You are the perfect example of truly customized learning and flexible paths that value the amazing presence and knowledge that different learners bring with them when they enter college. Just a real pleasure to be a small part of this work with you!

  2. Your program displays such a pure form of interdisciplinarity; serious work experience and a solid back bone of academic learning. Your points throughout the post connect so well to what we all hope to gain from our interdisciplinary education

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