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So you didn’t start/finish University

Nalanda University established, approx 5th century. image source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nalanda

I was talking with  friends last night, and missed opportunities, and roads not taken came up. One that came up was not starting or completing University. Then the but I’m not that young anymore, or I’m in my 40s/50s/60s followed. Another common refrain was I don’t have time for classes., with work, family etc, etc. Imagine the hardships in the 5th century attempting to attend Nalanda University. It might have taken you a year of travel just to arrive at the entrance. Today within one hour after reading this post you can be studying a University course.

Well time to look at these statements. Not starting being the first one. Today with the internet you can start learning how to study, without spending anymore than what your access to the internet costs you. If you live someplace like Canada where unlimited access is reasonably priced, you may already have a plan that allows this. Next come the courses, well here are a few links to get you started looking. These course won’t usually give you credit towards a degree, however they will allow you to relearn your study habits, and get your family used to your needing study time. Many of these courses cover the same material as what a credit course will, so they can help prepare you for a successful start, as a mature student.

https://www.coursera.org/

http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses

If you are looking at credit courses, here are a few links to Online Universities. When choosing an online University, please research the transfer-ability of the credits/hours, as some state that unlikely to transfer. I will use Canada’s premier online University to illustrate.

http://www.athabascau.ca/ Homepage

http://www.athabascau.ca/aboutau/distanceeducation.php Gives a good overview of distance learning.

http://calendar.athabascau.ca/undergrad/2011/page06_08_d.php A guide on transferring course credit to another Canadian University.

There are many Universities around the world that offer online courses, many accept foreign students, however check course fees as they are usually higher for foreign students. Today anyone any where with internet access has the ability to further their education. Buddhism encourages us to have healthy minds and bodies, to always be learning, as well as learning how to reduce suffering in our lives as well as the lives of others.

So what’s your goal?

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4 thoughts on “So you didn’t start/finish University

  1. My goal is to finish it! Less than 1 year to go, with 2 kids and work, I must admit it’s tough road, but I’m sure very well worth it. I think studying requires strong will to get started, not giving up when low times hit(they always do, those days you just feel like one big failure) and belief that you can do it.

    • I agree you can do it, and from the sounds of it you know the challenges you face. I wrote the post after talking to a few friends I had not seen in years, who were expressing regrets. I know from personal experience you can study as an adult, and the hardest part is starting.

  2. Yes, get started. Learn. Now. That’s it Keith.

    • Today you need to be always learning, regardless of your job. New technologies are here and more are coming. A friend I grew up with, works for a city in the water works, department, in the trenches. He mentioned today a high school diploma and strong back are no longer enough to get a position as a laborer, as they want workers who can become team leaders, and supervisors in the future. SO after talking to my friends the other night, I decided to post the topic.

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