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Letter: Retirees also reap benefits of a liberal arts education

Retirees also reap benefits of a liberal arts education

E. Bruce Pitman, in his April 12 Viewpoints article, shows how an employee with a liberal arts education may be more valuable in the workplace than is commonly thought.

A liberal arts education may also play an important part in retirement.

The day of retirement is the day when a job-focused college degree may become irrelevant and worthless, suitable only for framing; left to languish on a vanity wall, a souvenir of college days and a spent youth long gone.

A liberal arts education lingers on. It prepares one for the time when he or she can enjoy the deep satisfaction of enrichments that are not easily monetized, a time to “see the world in a grain of sand.”

I can speak only from my experience, but I believe its parameters are common to other retirees with a liberal arts education. Well over 20 years ago I retired from a varied career in the law. Unlike my law degree, the degree that represents my liberal arts studies retains its vitality. Its cash value may have diminished, but it remains as fresh as the day I received it.

Though my body may become more frail and my mind less sharp, my curiosity remains as keen as ever. My liberal arts education, obtained over 50 years ago, built sufficient intellectual capital to pay a substantial interest even to this day.

Burt Siemens

Amherst