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Sheets, Geo M. (ed.) / The Wisconsin literary magazine
Vol. VI, No. 1 (October 1908)

Van Hise, Charles Richard
The selection of studies,   pp. 1-4


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THE WISCONSIN LITERARY MAGAZINE
sonal civic and social obligations, to say nothing as to leadership
in these matters. A man who is wholly ignorant of the sciences
is blind as to the universe in which he lives and to the manifold
forms of applied science which have transforneid the habits of
civilized mankind. Therefore it is my most urgent recommenda-
tion to every student that not imerely a single course, but a con-
siderable amount of work be taken in each of these three great
groups of studies. I am suire that all who follow this advice
will throughout their lives be happier and inoreO efficient because
of it.
  This advice should be supplemented by one further principle.
As early in his career as possible, a student should find some sub-
ject for which he has enthulsiasm. The young man who feels
himself drifting  indifferently bThrough this subject and that
should urgently search for onie in which he has a vital interest.
If he cannot find it he is not a(lapted to a university course.
Those who float to the end of their college careers will be likely
to float throughout their lives. The salvation of a, young man or
woman is to have enthusiasm for some wholesome thing. It
makes comparatively little difference what the subject be,
whether roots, or bugs, or mnen, each student should somewhere
find one subject upon which he works with pleasure. As soon as
he finds this subject, whatever it be, his later university life is
profoundly modified by this fact. Not only will lie work with joy
upon the suibject of his enthusiasm, buit' he will do better work
in other subjects,. for so interlocking is the great realm of knowl-
edge that he will find all other subjects throw sidelights upon his
enthusiasm.
  T urgently appeal to each student to take a, broad course, to
include subjects in each of the great streams of fundamental
knowldege and not to be a floater, but to find a place where he
has an enthusiasm. The student who responds to this appeal
will find the work of the university as well as the play a joy,
and he will leave the university ready to perform some service in
the world.


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