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CAS Panel Informs, Inspires

On Thursday, October 19th, a panel of current and graduated CAS majors shared their experiences and tips with undergraduates about their paths to success.

Three current CAS majors, Matthew Dabiero, Cory Steinle, and Daniel Zahn joined CAS graduates Angela Brosnan, Matthew Crager, and Laura Kastner in offering both practical and philosophical advice to the audience about how to approach their time as undergraduates. The event was moderated by Lambda Pi Eta president, Peter Yu.

Brosnan, who followed her 2011 degree from Penn State with a law degree from Villanova and is now a child advocate attorney in Philadelphia, brought memorabilia to highlight the importance of the connections she made with CAS faculty.

Kastner and Crager, 2017 graduates and Fulbright recipients, offered a hindsight point of view encouraging others to make choices that generally enhance the quality of their lives and allow them to focus on that which makes them happy and feel fulfilled.

Sophomores Steinle and Zahn stressed the importance of making strategic choices about being involved, noting that it was more important to contribute significantly to a few things, than to be a poor participant in many.

Dabiero, a junior and former immunology major, commented about the ways CAS allows students to investigate so many different fields of study. He used the example of a paper he wrote in a communication theory course that dealt with the biological sciences, noting the serendipitous significance to his “former life.”

Throughout the hour and a half discussion, all the panelists seemed to return to a common theme: CAS provides the skills and flexibility to be successful in whatever field of study one chooses. To illustrate, they talked about research they’d done or were doing. It ranged from Kanye West to rhetoric of war and peace to Supreme Court decisions and forced arbitration.

Another common rejoinder was the connections they all felt they made with CAS faculty and how that helped shape decision-making and how they found their personal and academic passions.

The CAS department is grateful to the panelists for their time and insightful comments and to all who attended.