Exploring Transfer

by Carol Scarvalone Kushner, Class of 1968

I know both the old and the new Vassar very well. I am a member of the class of ’68, the mother of two Vassar alums (Aurora ’97, and Cody ’99), the great-niece of Concetta Scaravaglione, who taught studio art (sculpture) at Vassar for many years, and the sister of Patrice Scarvalone ’73.

This summer, I was on the faculty of Exploring Transfer, a program designed to help community college students from colleges around the nation to adapt to and be introduced to the rigors of a four-year college, such as Vassar. Because I have been a community college teacher for many years, I welcomed this chance to introduce students to the joys of research, reading books, writing analytic essays, and, most importantly, to the rigors of digging deeply and doing some critical thinking.

At the introduction ceremony, I related my personal benefits from my own education at Vassar: the need to research and look things up when I was unsure of the answer (and to question authority); and the desire to be a life-long learner, always curious about the world. These qualities have surely helped me throughout my life, no matter what I have been doing, and I am so grateful to Vassar and to my education for helping me realize such important lessons.