Category Archives: Education

School of life

kidsIt’s a pretty safe assumption to say that kids normal don’t like school, my self-included. Every year the kids pray for a now day, not just for the fun in the snow but for the not going o school aspect. I even remember getting exited for when the teacher wouldn’t show up to school because then there wouldn’t be that class that day and we can go outside and play.

Subs were also a treat since usually there were just paid babysitters trying to control us, but as usual, to no avail. I even remember sneaking out of class and going down the to the vending machines to get some snack as an icing on the cake for getting out and staying out without getting caught. We had a security guard, so we couldn’t sneak out of school. Believe me, if there wasn’t a guard, we would have definitely snuck out. The under lining factor that I see from my childhood is that, we just didn’t like class, and we got a high from not having it.

kids1Now as I get older and look back to my younger year I realize how much class and more importantly, paying attention in class are for the future. Having a solid educational foundation is paramount for anything you want to attempt in life. The younger years are so important since when you are young that’s when you absorb information the most. When you are older you have to deal with life. Whether its rent or family or a relationship, there is just so much more taking from your time doing or even learning something new.

Personally I finished college with a BA. Like everyone I didn’t really pay attention in elementary school or high school that much. Consequentially my marks weren’t the best. They weren’t bad but I could’ve definitely done better. I’m not saying that marks are everything and that you shouldn’t have a good time every so often. I simply wish that I understood how much having good grade help. People like parents or mentors do trying to convey the message to the younger generation of the importance of education but like many, I was well, too young to understand.

I find it interesting how that works. It’s kind of like a circle of like situation. From my humble experience I see that this phenomenon is repeated by every young generation. When you are young you are told and you hear what they are telling you but only later do you truly understand. I find that it’s not even just education, it’s basically everything. Forget about those who unfortunately don’t have guardians to show then the way but even fortunate people. A person only heads the warning only after the fact. Or regarding education, only once you are though school do you see the potential and the goodness you had there. How can we let the younger ones see what they will later learn, only when it’s too late? Well now that’s a great question. I guess that’s one of life’s greatest lesson.

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Software And The Internet

unitech-website-software-optI sometimes wish I was born in this modern age. I was born right on the cusp of the internet age so I remember dial-up and AOL messenger. Education was still being done the way it had been for decades. I would sit in my classroom counting the minutes until recess. We learnt things that were not always so interesting or helpful for our future lives. There weren’t many alternatives though; Homeschooling was the only other option and there was too many resources to even do that properly. Now we live in an age of choices. You can literally learn anything anywhere at any-time. The classic classroom dynamic is changing and being redefined on a daily basis. Online learning is blazing a new path for people who want to learn specific things at their own convenience. Websites like udemy.com allow us to learn anything at the click of a button.

At this point in my life I am a freelance artist and musician. I don’t use Algebra and frankly knowing the capitals of all fifty states although great party banter is useless. So when I was little I was bored and had little to no interest in school. I would get home and practice my art and wake up the next day looking forward to doing it again. I wanted to start working digitally with my artwork and knew that meant learning how to use Photoshop and other Adobe 13549847_lsoftware. I went to Udemy.com and found many courses on these programs. Each course was tailor fit for specific functions and allowed me to find the course that was right for me. I could take them at any time I wanted and they were clear and concise. After a couple of weeks I was working on new projects in Photoshop and really advancing at a rate that astounded even me!

This is only a quick example of how online learning has changed my life. Since I began this process I have learnt about Lynda.com and other sites that have tutorials on everything you can imagine. It can allow you discover new and exciting ways to create and give you options for new careers. There really is no limit to what you can learn the only limit is you. I wish I had this growing up because it would have saved a lot of time and I could have advanced at a quicker pace but there is no better time than the present. So if you are anything like me and are interested in learning new things and ideas the internet is the place to start. Online education can help propel you into a world where whatever you want to learn is at your fingertips. There is no longer an excuse to not do what you love.

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