Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lifelong Learner

As of last May, I had been in school for twenty-one years.  Eight of those years were spent at the collegiate level, where I earned my Associates, Bachelors and Masters degrees (for those new to my blog, I work at the college where I earned my degrees).

   So proud of that hood!

If that wasn't crazy enough, I wanted to get a second graduate degree and right up until the end of August I was registered for classes.   

I still remember the day that I told Mike that I wanted to take time off from taking classes and not pursue my Criminal Justice Masters degree.  We were running near our house and I told him that because of the time commitment to running (and eventual triathlon training) that I didn't think I wanted to continue with school.  Notice that I said wanted, not could. 

I definitely could have taken my classes and done well.  I planned our wedding, worked full-time and still managed to hold a 4.0 GPA while I earned my Masters degree, so I could have done it again.  However, I didn't want to do it.  My heart wasn't in it and I officially felt burnt-out. 

After twenty-one years of school, who wouldn't feel burnt-out? 

I am still technically a student in the Criminal Justice Masters program, however, I didn't take any classes this year and I most likely will not pursue this degree. (However, I will continue my status as a student just in case I change my mind in the three years I am allowed to not take classes). 

As a sign language interpreter, I am a lifelong learner.  I constantly learn new things in the classes that I interpret, but it isn't the same thing as taking my own classes.

That's why as of Tuesday I am now registered to take Sports Nutrition in the fall. 


Doesn't that sound like fun!?

Not only has this lifestyle that Mike and I have established for ourselves given me a means to a healthier life, it has given me the reason to take more classes!

If I enjoy this class, I am going to try to take all of the courses in the Exercise Science Certificate program at my college.  

I'm looking forward to getting back into the "classroom" (this is an online course so the classroom is my laptop) in the fall!

Any other lifelong learners out there? 

26 comments:

  1. So cool that you are a sign language interpreter! I think that I'm definitely a lifelong learner as well - can't wait to be back in the classroom this fall

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    1. Thanks Leah!

      Yay for going back to the classroom! :)

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  2. 4 years of college was enough for me! But, I applaud and am excited for you with your decision!

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    1. It's not for everyone that's for sure.

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  3. I think you'll enjoy the nutrition class! :) Can't wait to hear what you think and see what cool stuff you learn!

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    1. I do too :) I can't wait to share everything that I learn!

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  4. That's exciting, Jamie! I would love to take some exercise science courses sometime. And I didn't realize you were a sign language interpreter- I have a good friend who is as well. It's such an important role!

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    1. That's funny that your friend is an interpreter too!

      You should look into some classes and we could compare notes :)

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  5. wow that's a lot of school. I was glad to be down with college after 4 years

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    1. Yea it is! I do have to be honest though and say that if I didn't have an employee benefit of a tuition waiver then I would never have gotten my Masters nor taken this class!

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  6. My sister is the lifelong student (as in actual classroom stuff) moreso than me - PhD and now going back for an additional masters). But my field has had many changes over the last ten years that I go to a lot of seminars and workshops throughout the year (sometimes I speak there too) and am a passionate learner of my specialty. I have toyed with going back for a MBA off and on, but with two kids, I "could" do it - but I don't want to.

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    1. That definitely lifelong learning too! I learn in other ways other than just in classes that I take :) It's always good to keep abreast of what is going on in your field!

      And never say never, you could always get it when your kids are older!

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  7. Good for you! That class sounds super interesting!

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    1. Thanks! It should be really fun/interesting!

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  8. That's awesome - I can't wait to hear about that class! Very cool that you get to take classes as an interpreter too - what a fun job!

    I'm a lifetime learner too. I have 3 degrees so far. I hit burn out too, but may go back for that Chemistry PhD at some point.

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    1. It is a nice perk of the job :)

      That would be great if you got your PhD!

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  9. I give you so much credit! Maybe I'll feel differently in a few years, but once I'm officially done with my Masters I need a LONG break from school. I'm totally burnt out! Its been about 20 years of school for me (ah!). I think I'd like to take a nutrition or exercise class like that too at some point in the future. Luckily if its for fun, I won't get so stressed about grades!

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    1. Your break will be well-deserved! Eventually you may want to take classes just for fun! :)

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  10. That's so awesome- good luck with it! I see why you didn't wanted to continue school. For me, it's not the amount of work that is exhausting, but the pressure I usually put on myself.21 years are a lot though!

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    1. Thank you! I definitely do the same thing, which is why these classes are just for a fun.

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  11. Definitely a life long learner here. I have not been in school for about 1.5 years (separated into two segments) during my entire life. I'm SO burnt out! But if I wasn't, and if I had more of a science background, I would totally go into PT! So you have to tell us everything you learn on sports nutrition.

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    1. You have had a lot of school! I would be burnt out too!

      I'm definitely planning on sharing some tidbits from the class with everyone :)

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  12. You are amazing!! I also had to keep a 4.0 in my graduate program - just HAD to!!
    Oh, that Ph.D is always out there waving at me. But I'll keep ignoring it for a few more years.

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    1. Thank you!! It was definitely I have to do this for myself kind of thing for me too :)

      I wanted to go to law school, but we'll see if that happens now!

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  13. I'm a lifelong learner too. I really toyed with getting my PhD for awhile but I needed a break from school. After awhile even learning and having fun at the same time can be exhausting!

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    1. I wanted to get my law degree, but I don't know if that will happen. I agree that it can be exhausting!

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