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Continuing Education


     Your mind is a muscle, you need to 
exercise it in order to grow.

Looking back on it, university was tough. I feel like I could have done better, procrastinated less, really been more liberal with my choices for the classes that I chose, but what’s done is done. Regardless of the many (many) problems and mistakes that I had in my four years of undergrad, it was such a learning period for me. Even though us liberal arts students tend to be looked at as taking the 'easier' route, you can't deny the benefits that it's provided us all. The ability to debate, to analysis quickly, speed reading, problem solving... all things that you need in your day to day life. 

After graduating from university and working a 9-5 #climbthecorporateladder job, my mind is no longer being used in the same way that it once was as it no longer involves the same analysis and research that I once lived off of. So how do I make sure that I still keep those skills that I worked so hard for?

This post is dedicate for ways to continue learning even after your young 20s are done and over with. It’s never easy, after an 8 hour work day, bills, chores, and  #adulting, who wants to study? 

If you continue making excuses then 
you’ll never learn that new skill 
or language that’s been 
on your list. 

Enroll in continuing education classes. After completing university, I found out through a friend that UofT alumni get to take a free class within 2 years of graduating. I jumped on board and started the first of many courses, now I’m meeting new people and pursuing a certificate in Spanish (OlĂ©). Yes, it takes time, not only going to class but also assignments and homework, and I also have to pay for it, but you can't have knowledge just pop into your head without putting in effort. You can’t sit there and expect to learn about the Industrial Revolution and debate if it’s a revolution or not without putting in effort. If you think that, then you’re going to fail. Sorry to break it to you hun.

It doesn't have to be the same school where you did your post-secondary education, plenty of near by colleges/universities (even public schools!) offer continuing education. It’s up to you to take opportunity of what’s around you. A lot of times, these schools offer an online version of some of their classes, and you’re able to see whether or not you can receive a certificate for completion if it’s offered. That way you can upgrade your resume with it add another step up on the corporate ladder.
Take online courses that suit your fancy. Duolingo,, etc etc are all available at your fingertips. You can choose to do it at your own pace however I’m more of a fan of in class as “at your own pace” usually means “later, not right now” because you don’t have a constant schedule or a secondary ‘force’ that makes you learn.

Read books and watch Youtube. It can be the ‘For Dummies’ books, or anything else that will allow you to learn about the topic of choice. Fact- I picked up a ‘Blogging for Dummies” book before starting this blog. If you don’t want to buy a book, then just pick it up from your local library. FACT- Toronto has one of the greatest library systems in North America, and as someone who’s been using it since childhood, now that I’m older I can appreciate how true that is. The great thing about this is that you can find what kind suits you. I.E., if the ‘for dummies’ books are too stupid for your liking, there are so many other versions that you can use which suit your style. Combine books and Youtube and you’re ready to rock and roll. 
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