It’s that time again when all the kiddo’s head back to school after a summer of fun. In fact…it’s hard to believe we are saying good-bye to summer already.
This coming year is going to be one that is full of excitement and challenge. The first of these challenges started on Monday – September 1st. I am headed back to school. Shocking…I know.
I love learning and the best part of this little school adventure is…it is absolutely free. Over the years, I have been blessed to get degrees from here, here and here as well as a designation from here which were worth every penny (and the pennies I am still paying).
Now, universities are making their courses available for free online and its like getting a customized degree for zero dollars. For the next eight weeks, I will be taking the following courses:
- Social Science: Research Methods (University of Amsterdam)
- Data Analysis and Statistical Inference (Duke University)
- R Programming (Johns Hopkins University)
What I Have Learned About Education
The traditional approach to education and learning involves finishing high school, immediately entering college, deciding what major to choose and setting a course for the rest of your life; however, not everyone fits that mold – I certainly did not.
I graduated high school and saw most of the United States, Canada, Europe and parts of Africa before I turned 19 years old. I took a semester off and then started junior college before settling in on my degree path. It took me seven years to complete college, but I would not change a thing. I saw more places in the world before 19 than most people see in a lifetime. That’s an adventure and an education.
Education, or learning, is what we make of it. Sometimes the wisest course of action for our future is to take time to work, reflect and see where our interests take us; only then, can we truly see where the future may take us.
What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?
The world drives home the idea that if we don’t have our future mapped out by age five, we won’t amount to anything and our future will be in the toilet. That isn’t true and we must not think of it that way. In many ways, I am still trying to find out who I will be when I grow up. That’s part of the allure, the attraction, the risk…and it can be scary.
I feel like I am getting on a little soapbox here, so I will wrap it up. Learning, rather than education, is a life-long pursuit. You can learn from all experiences and materials. I attempt to read an average of 50 books a year, listen to approximately 200 podcast episodes a year (if not more) and now take a few classes that will help me grow in my chosen career…and many of them are free.
This month, challenge yourself to read at least one book on a subject that is new to you or listen to a couple of podcasts outside your current expertise.
This will help broaden your knowledge and it might even show you a potential career path.
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