Sometimes, I go on the UW Colleges website and look at any course schedules, degree programs, and certificates that I can find. For some reason, I get an amazing amount of enjoyment from looking through a list of all the different things I can learn (and the ways I can get recognized for learning those things). I just want to learn everything. I just want to take every class. They all seem so interesting, and there is so much information out there that I'll just never have the time to soak it all in. I'll never be able to become a master of all these fields, all these subjects, all these ways of looking at the world, all these possible paths of inquiry.
I'll never be able to read all of the books. You have no idea how sad that makes me.
One of the cool things about college, though, is that you don't have to choose right away. You can learn a bit of everything before settling on something more concrete. And maybe that approach doesn't work for everyone, and I know that not everyone enjoys learning just about anything like I do, but this college thing is working out pretty well for me so far. It's giving me structure to stay motivated, a studious atmosphere that inspires me to not only study the subjects I'm learning that semester, but to learn more in general and work on the many projects that I want to finish.
So, yeah. There are a lot of things that I'd like to learn, and hopefully even after college I'll continue to educate myself. Right now I'm looking at getting a Liberal Arts degree, which basically means I have an excuse to learn pretty much everything I want to for four years. Which is just fine with me. And looking at all of the things I can learn (and especially looking at those things that I can focus on) is way more than fine with me. I'm probably going to end up getting a minor (or at least an emphasis) in History, and it would be really cool to do some teaching on the side if I can figure out a way to get paid to do art. But just today I realized that I could get a one-year certificate in American Indian Studies, which would not only fulfill requirements in my Bachelor's anyway but is something that I'm really interested in. That culture has always fascinated me.
And how could would it be to have that on my resume? Well, I think so, anyway.
But yes, the main reason for this blog post and for this section of the blog in its entirety is so I can geek out about learning stuff. I never knew how much I would enjoy college until I did it, but this whole experience is turning out to be so interesting. Not only that, but I found out that I'm really good at this college thing, and I'm actually pretty smart, all things considered. No, that's not me bragging--that's me getting excited about something I didn't realize about myself. I can do this. I can learn so many things, and God has wired me to do that.
I really don't know where I'm going with this, other than to tell y'all how much I love learning and encourage you to learn things too. Even if you don't want to go to college (which is a completely valid choice, by the way) or just never got the chance too, that doesn't mean you have to stop learning. Pick a subject that interests you and just run with it. Get books from the library, listen to podcasts, find free courses on Khan Academy or just talk to someone who knows a lot about the topic. One of the main reasons I got so interested in history (even more so than I already was) was because I found this little podcast called Nerds On History, where two guys talk about anything and everything history-related and just have a blast educating themselves and others.
So, do it. Go learn things.