I have recently decided to return (part-time) to the life of academia. And while I am the most excited I have been for many things in recent memory, I am also slightly terrified. It has been 6 years since I was a student. It almost seems like a different lifetime…
I asked myself what it was that drove me to pursue additional education. And it occurred to me that it is my desire to continue to learn, evolve, and grow, not only as a writer, but as a person. I believe that while you can learn many things in life simply by ‘doing’, there are some things that are best taught in a classroom.
1.Theory. Deadly, I am well aware. But necessary, I believe, for a strong foundation. To paraphrase another, “You cannot build a strong house if you do not frame the walls”.
2. Practice. Nowhere else can you practice, endlessly, and learn from it. In a workplace environment, you may find yourself left to ‘practice’, but at the expense of salary, or even your position. In a school environment, you can practice what you are learning/have learnt, and continue to learn from that practice.
3. How to get ‘er done. Having certifications, diplomas and degrees attached to your name, while sometimes regarded as presumptuous, egotistical, and unnecessary, will take you far. You have proved that not only are you certified in your trade of choice, but that you had the gumption to take and complete academic classes.
And so I’m off, to the land of the textbooks, highlighters, class assignments and late nights. I have no doubt the toll this will place on all aspects of my life; personally, professionally and otherwise.
But I am excited at the prospect of a renewed education; and along the way; a refreshed (and maybe somewhat new) me.