Knowledge Across the Disciplines
Honors 100, Autumn 2008 and Autumn 2011
combining or involving two or more academic disciplines or fields of study"
Four years and 7 months ago I attended the first version of a course now compulsory to all entering UW Honors students-- the ever-changing Honors 100. Back then it was a "Knowledge Across the Disciplines" seminar hosting a line-up of university guest speakers with the "simple" weekly assignment to reflect. Nowadays it's evolved to encompass not only an introduction to the various disciplines housed at the university, but also an introduction to the program's structure and a jumpstart to students' college career. As a former student and peer educator and as a mentor to many who've taken the course, it's clear that though the course is continuously progressing and evolving, it holds strong onto its emphasis of the interdisciplinary.
Like much of the advice given to a freshman student entering the university I didn't realize the importance of interdisciplinary in my education until I was asked to think about it. But the discovery of how interdisciplinary my education has been is a huge component of how I reflect on my experiences.
This reflection on Louis Wolcher's talk on law is one of those moments that resonated with me greatly as a student and even more so now four years later. His blatant criticism of his trade, question of whether we learn internally or externally, and the overwhelming statement that "law, at its essence, is tragic." There is also the glimmer of my ambition, to
"find future work that will help me bring justice and progress to the world.. "
These sentiments and critical lens which sparked my gears as a freshman became even more real after my time abroad.