|Columbia College Chicago graduation 1998|
Fast forward 2014 and I have to take a Tests and Measurements (psychological assessments) class online. Everyone is scared and worried about the difficulty of this class. Most of the students are working adults and/or busy parents going back to school. I was homeschooling my son and had my youngest was in school part time so I didn't always have my days free. Yet, I managed to do very well even with the challenges of writing a literature review. Some days were tough, as I poured over article after article, nervously hoping I doing the right thing. However, meticulously organizing notes and ideas and carefully writing in APA style pushed me to the point where I felt like maybe I had been viewing education all wrong. It wasn't about suffering but about stretching my mental ability. It was about the curiosity of learning something new and like the butterfly in the cocoon, growing until I can work my way out and stretch my wings of knowledge to help make the world a little bit better. I don't think folks see education as the gift it is anymore. It's about tests, making money, and a controlled citizenry. But for me, I want to learn because for the first time in my life, I've found something that clicks with my brain. I've come to realize that people are successful at the things that click with them. So those who click with science are just as cool as those who click with music. We all have our gifts and I have learned that it's not about suffering, but growing and expanding in ways which awaken the corners of the soul.