We have expectations, we register for a class, we work and we learn. As an adult our expectations are different than those of the K-12 learners who are essentially forced into education. We possess some control. We are paying for academic freedom. We weigh what we will learn and what we are willing to invest time in learning. We bring our own backgrounds into the classroom, much broader and more diverse because of our years. When education happens it is often because our choices as adult learners lead us to question our assumptions about the education we expected and the education we discover. Preconceived notions about what we’ll learn are often shattered as we make the choice to experience our own education.
We may enter into a classroom looking for that formal education. Yet quite often what happens is the informal learning. It’s providence that we are led through the educational information (Thank you Bill). What we discover along the way broadens our horizons more and education happens. It’s exciting, it’s enriching, and it’s revitalizing no matter our age.
To make this education happen all of us juggle something. Maybe we’ve put spouses on hold, or shifted our children’s needs to someone else. Maybe we take the stairs on Tuesdays because we can’t fit exercise into our day any other way. We might eat on the run and still feed others. Our time and our energy may be spread thin, our careers demanding of us. Yet in my case I knew I had reached a learning plateau in my current field and I was ready for the next step. It was time to get off that plateau and climb the next mountain. I needed more.
Within this program I started with a plan in mind and I’ve already learned that every moment is more. My experiences and what I’ve learned in class, in my studies and with my colleagues shapes how my plan will evolve. No matter the challenges of being here, I appreciate every moment of this personal growth that I have chosen to embark on. Maybe this is just a feel good post, but as the semester winds down I found myself would up. It’s a journey and it has just begun. Thank you for joining me.