David Ashcraft '11
"I chose Elizabethtown College because of the small atmosphere, beautiful area, strong relationships between professors and students, and the high ratio of professors with a Ph.D. I wanted a school with smaller classrooms to promote deeper discussions." -- David Ashcraft
We sat down with 2011 Philosophy graduate David Ashcraft a few weeks before his graduation and asked him about his time at Elizabethtown College. The Towanda, Pa., native minored in Japanese and Business Administration, worked as a student assistant in the Philosophy Department and played intramural soccer and basketball.
What made you choose Elizabethtown College? And why did you choose philosophy?
I chose Elizabethtown College because of the small atmosphere, beautiful area, strong relationships between professors and students and the high ratio of professors with a Ph.D. I wanted a school with smaller classrooms to promote deeper discussions. I was impressed by the friendliness, integrity, and general sense of caring shown by everyone on campus.
I chose philosophy because I developed a personal interest in it during high school. Looking beyond the surface of our lives and thoughts drew me in. I liked the idea of trying to understand and rationally defend the ‘why’ in even our most basic assumptions about life.
What have been some of your favorite classroom experiences?
Combining philosophy with other disciplines was rewarding. In a Philosophy of Physics class, we discussed how quantum mechanics at the micro level and black holes at the macro level challenge our perceptions of nature and how we view reality itself. Philosophy and science go hand in hand in shaping how we perceive ourselves and our place in this world.
What is your favorite part about campus life at Elizabethtown?
The people! I have met some of the greatest friends at E-town and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Seeing your friends every day and sharing meals together makes it like one big family.
In what ways have you grown as a person or surprised yourself as a student at Elizabethtown?
E-town has given me opportunities I would have never expected, such as being able to record a 12-track, all-original studio album with other students on campus. This was a huge accomplishment for me, personally. In addition to playing gigs on and off campus with the band, I also was able to learn guitar and take piano lessons, getting me deeper into my one true love of music.
Why would you recommend Elizabethtown College to a peer?
If someone is looking for a small school with great student-teacher interaction, a more personal classroom experience, great food and genuinely nice people, this is the place. I’ve loved my time at E-town; it’s been the best four years of my life.
What do you plan to do after graduation?
Three friends and I will be headed on a cross-country trek to the Pacific Ocean and back, covering more than 30 states and witnessing America firsthand. After that, I’ll be going where the wind blows, possibly to graduate school. Elizabethtown has given me the confidence and flexibility to be able to tackle whatever life decides to throw my way.