The Value of a Liberal Arts Education
As a high school student, Dallas Wulf ’12 enjoyed learning about many subjects and wanted to go somewhere that embraced a broad curriculum.
“To help me decide, I visited several private colleges in Iowa during Iowa Private College Week,” he says. “What made Luther stand out was the feeling I got when I stepped on campus. Luther’s beautiful surroundings and kind faculty immediately made me feel at home. I also felt a stronger sense of community than I did at other places I visited. The impression was so strong, Luther was the only college I applied to.”
Since graduating, Dallas feels that pursuing a liberal arts education was one of the best decisions he ever made. “In some ways, I feel the true distinctions between the different academic disciplines are not subject matter, but perspective,” he says. “To me being broadly educated translates into an improved understanding of multiple viewpoints, and therefore a heightened awareness of the complexity of the world.”
After graduating from Luther, Dallas completed his master’s and doctoral degrees in physics. He is now an academic associate at McGill University and has worked as a graduate research assistant with the X-ray astrophysics group in the physics department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
I’m a more thoughtful person than I was prior to attending Luther, and I feel that I am now a better consumer, citizen, and human because of it.Dallas Wulf '12
Research Experiences Make a Big Impact
Dallas spent two summers on campus doing research. He says that those two summers helped him discern his future career path, realizing that he wanted to go to graduate school to study physics. “It was the nature of doing basic research that helped me recognize what I valued in a job and in life,” he says. “I learned that my primary motivation is to satisfy my curiosity through solving problems that I find interesting and sharing my findings with others. I know it sounds cheesy, but it was the first job I had that didn’t feel like work.”
First Experiences with Teaching
While at Luther, Dallas was a tutor for the TRIO Achievement Program (then called Student Support Services), CAE (Center for Academic Enrichment), and the physics department. “They were my first experiences with teaching,” he says. “Not only did I learn a lot of pedagogical skills from tutor training, but I realized my passion for working with students. Working with undergraduates continues to be an important part of my job, both in the classroom and the laboratory.”