Bes Arnaout

French and Italian, Class of 2020

I’m a French and Italian major with a certificate in Visual Art – Film and Video.

Role(s) held in the Humanistic Studies Program:

Certificate Student

Activities on campus:

Nassau Literary Review, Petey Greene Program, Princeton Film Society

Why I decided to study the humanities:

Coming into freshmen year with a predominantly scientific educational background, I never ever (ever ever) thought I would end up studying the humanities, let alone the specifics of intersection between the humanities and art. But when I took an Italian cinema class my freshmen year, I realized that there was not much in this world that can so abundantly feed my soul and my brain, other than the magical realm of artistic-intellectual inquiry. I definitely looked back once or twice since then, hesitating, questioning, but the truth is that every engagement with my chosen field confirms to me that I have made the right choice. I used to think that “passion” was a myth, but now I know it’s real; but it’s an experience much more complex than I heard it described before.

What I have gained from the humanities:

Other than becoming a better thinker, writer and researcher, I’ve embarked on a journey of endless discovery, of the world around me, and the one within; I’ve become kinder, calmer, more independent and more curious; I’ve learned how to listen, and how to tell; and most importantly, I’ve discovered my own humility in front of the immense possibilities — so much lies ahead, and I can’t wait to learn and feel as much of it as I can in one lifetime.

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