Marcia Cantarella ’68 Publishes Book, Speaks on NPR About What Students Need to Finish College

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 3:12 pm.

photo of Marcia CantarellaMarcia Cantarella ’68, the author of the recently published I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide, was featured on NPR’s Tell Me More on December 13. In a segment titled “Keeping First-Generation College Kids on Track,” Cantarella discussed some common pitfalls faced by students who feel out-of-place in the academic environment, including a reluctance to ask questions and take advantage of resources.

Cantarella, who majored in political science at Bryn Mawr and holds a Ph.D. in American studies from New York University, has spent many years advising college students, at Hunter College, Princeton University, and NYU. She spent 15 years in the world of business before embarking on an academic career, serving, among other things, as a director of public affairs for Avon Products.

For more of Cantarella’s thoughts on higher education, see “Why Should I Take Philosophy?” in the current  issue of the Alumnae Bulletin. In this opinion piece, Cantarella presents her argument for the value of a liberal-arts education; the online version of the article also features this video interview, in which Cantarella discusses the relationship between college major and career for graduates of liberal-arts colleges.


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