An interconnected world needs an interconnected education. When explaining her purpose of an Amherst education, Sharline Dominguez ’16 stresses the importance of being an active participant in the communities that she is a part of, as well as the importance of interacting with communities that she is not a part of. Her education is not limited to the boundaries of the Amherst classroom. In a world where our actions affects others in ways that we might not be aware of, an education that enables us to address global issues is crucial.

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