Jillian Youngblood, Director of Communications at Noodle, Gallatin '05
The short answer is yes, but I think the more interesting thing about Gallatin is how you access that guidance. My fellow Gallatin students are some of the smartest, most assertive, driven people I've met; it's a self-selecting bunch of people who have a strong sense of what they want out of a college education. Every Gallatin student has an advisor who you really forge a close relationship with, and that person is your gateway to navigating the system. My advisor was always asking me hard questions about the direction I was taking my studies, and also helped me figure out where to look in the university for what I wanted. It's true, though, that guidance doesn't find you at Gallatin as much as you seek it out. That's the experience I value most from Gallatin; I think it made me largely fearless when I went out looking for internships, jobs, and even New York City apartments. I have a huge appreciation that I started my college education from a point of "what do I want?" rather than "here are the classes everyone takes because someone has decided they're important, and I'll define my path within those parameters."