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Q-and-A with senior Connor Whitting

Connor Whitting

In the following Q-and-A, senior Connor Whitting shares some of his experiences as a philosophy major:

What have you enjoyed most about being a philosophy major at ISU?

Engaging in critical thinking and discussions with my instructors and my peers, and learning to read and write like a true philosopher.

If you had to take one—and only one—philosophy book or article to a desert island, which one would it be?

The one philosophy book that I would take with me on a deserted island would have to be Plato’s Republic. It was the first philosophy that I ever read, and it is still some of my favorite material to read to this day.

Do your friends and family know that you study philosophy?

Everybody in my close circle knows that I am a philosophy major. When I am back home, my mother, father, and sister constantly try to pronounce the names of the books that I am reading throughout the course of the semester, and they just laugh out loud because they cannot usually do so.

What other majors did you consider?

I was initially a finance major. After my first fall on campus, I realized that business was boring and not for me. I changed my major to political science and shortly thereafter I added philosophy as my second major. I am graduating with degrees in political science and philosophy and I could not be happier with the decisions I made!

What are you plans after graduation?

I plan on becoming a law student in the fall of 2015. I am taking next year off to study for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and apply to law schools.

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