I'm Meredith Metzler, a first-year Ph.D. student in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication. Though my research is a bit different from this course (how does information flow between political elites and citizens), I'm particularly interested in reflecting on my academic experiences. I've attended a small, liberal arts college, a private, urban research university, and now a large state research university. And at each of these places, "interdisciplinary" has been a primary focus - though in different forms. The debate about the meaning, future, and value of higher education is one I am deeply invested in as a Ph.D. student, and I'm excited to explore the topic with you this semester!