I am what some refer to as a “professional student,” in that I am perpetually involved in taking classes or one kind or another, whether online or in person. I have always been thrilled at the prospect of learning. My dance card remains filled with art classes, literature classes, how-to-make-something classes, singing classes, writing classes…… I have done this for as long as I can remember, and will probably continue for the rest of my life. I thrive on learning, and greatly enjoy the challenge of picking up something new.
I get up early in the morning and devote a few hours to each of my educational pursuits, every day. It is deeply satisfying. I really enjoy it. Although I went the traditional route, spent a fortune and got a great college education, one does not have to spend a lot of money to get an ace education these days. The resources are at our fingertips.
One of the biggest reasons that people are denied education is because they feel that they can’t afford it. Fortunately, today, we exist in a world where knowledge and information are readily accessible like never before. Technology has leveled the playing field so that anyone with an interest and an internet connection can receive a world class education, and in many cases, free of charge! Bloggers, podcasters, search engines and digital content creators of all types of have made it possible for us to learn virtually anything we want to even if we don’t have the money . If you want to learn anything chances are there is somebody creating content about the subject and sharing it with the world at no cost.
I don’t sleep a lot, and, in fact work very hard. For me, taking classes is a way to indulge myself that is wholly satisfying. Some people get up in the middle of the night and build a sandwich. I wake in the middle of the night and study. For me, this is a delicious treat AND it’s calorie free! 🙂
I got all of my degrees by taking classes in person on bona fide college campuses…. but since the formulation of online classes has advanced so much over the last 5-10 years, I now take a plethora of online courses. Some are free. Some cost money. My husband is a pioneer in the design and development of online education. He writes courses for a number of educational entities , and he also teaches online…..and on campus. so I have to credit him for turning me on to this online educational world.
I started my masters degree at Brandman University in Fairfield, CA. I am getting ready to finish up my masters degree in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University online. This school is accredited by the same agency that accredited Harvard and Boston College. It is a great school and I am looking forward to starting toward the end of September.
I also take jewelry making classes, as I have mentioned previously, from Deryn Mentock (pictured below), a fabulous teacher and inspiration for my new Silverthorn Studios line of jewelry! These are fun, informative classes, ones that I recommend wholeheartedly, because Deryn instills the skillz, folks!
I take voice lessons from : Aaron Anastasi at http://www.superiorsingingmethod.com. Aaron’s teaching methods are unsurpassed. The classes are a real pleasure, and I enjoy them so much. I have really improved my voice since I started. Am doing this for my own pleasure, not because I want to go back to being a professional singer. Those days are long passed. It just feels great to understand how the vocal chords work and how to control my breath and so forth. Wish I’d had this information years ago. These classes are a lot of fun. I took the basic course. Then, I purchased the harmonizing classes, which I’ve downloaded, but have not begun yet.
More and more acclaimed universities are offering free online courses that can expand horizons and help anyone learn virtually anything they want to know…or help people hone skills that they already have. There are a handful of traditional education institutions that have started to embrace this trend. One ne of the very first to do so was MIT, a world class institution where tuition would run you a mucho dinero! However, through open courseware an MIT education is , like magic, available to anybody who wants one. Courses are available in engineering, management, science, architecture and a number of other areas. If other institutions start to follow suit, people who have been denied the privilege of education for financial reasons will finally have an opportunity if they want it. Harvard, Yale, Stanford….These schools all offer free classes. Last year, I took a course from Stanford on creativity. It is not a class that I liked very much….very disorganized and not well put together. I felt, in fact, that it was largely created to promote the instructor’s book….but not all of these classes are like that. Some are just great.
Duke, Princeston, Georgia Institute of Technology…..go ahead! Take your pick. Choose a course and enlighten yourself today!
It’s free! https://www.coursera.org/courses