Weekend Wisdom

Elizabeth Harrison Kubany ’87

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“A well-rounded liberal arts education is the best preparation for life.
“I attended Kent Place in the era of The Preppy Handbook. (You young folk will have to look it up.) It was simply de rigueur to read this book, and I had a well-worn copy on my nightstand. But in spite of the book’s advice about mixing pink and green corduroy and its mandate to carry a bag with embroidered whales on it, I dressed in black, white, and gray and was the first in my class to wear a leather jacket. I was not rebellious; I just had a very particular aesthetic, from a very early age, and I wasn’t about to conform.
 
“My fashion instincts were part and parcel of my overall interest in art, architecture, and design. Architecture was my first love, and from seventh or eighth grade I knew it was what I wanted to study in college and beyond. I consider myself fortunate, though, that Kent Place didn’t have architecture classes. Instead I got a rich and varied education — translating Virgil with Mrs. Reid, memorizing “Jabberwocky” in Mrs. Scher’s class, and learning from Mrs. Jacobus about the Vietnam War (she memorably taught us that Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” is not, in fact, a patriotic anthem, as many of us had assumed), along with so much more. To this day, I credit Kent Place with installing a love of learning and teaching me how to think. I credit KPS with preparing me for college and for life.
 
“This, for me, is the point of a school like Kent Place. No matter what you want to be in life, there’s nothing that can help you more than a well-rounded liberal arts education. It can be the strong foundation on which you build the education your specialty demands. Whether you’re a nonconformist or prefer to blend in, whether you’re an artist or a scientist, what you learn at KPS will make you a better, more engaged, and more engaging professional and person.”
 

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Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.