Monday, May 17, 2010

Graduation Schmaduation: Why Learning Should Never Stop


Hello Optimists,

Hope you had a great weekend! Yesterday was a big day for a lot of college seniors, or as they now can be called, college graduates. Years of hard work and dedication all paid off as they strutted their stuff across the stage and finally received that (expensive) piece of paper that stands as proof of their hard earned degree. It must be a scary time, especially for this year's graduates who are headed out into the murky water of today's economy, into a new world where partying on a Wednesday night is basically unheard of and waking up at the crack of noon is not an option anymore.

But I think students really do learn a lot more than how to do a keg stand. We hear a lot of complaints about how intense the work load is or how much time needs to be spent studying, and sometimes college students question why they didn't just start working right after high school. But there's no denying that college is a great experience full of new opportunities for learning, and of course, for growing up. I read a great quote this weekend that reminded me of this and I thought it would be perfect to feature for this time of year.
The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continuing growing as long as we continue to live. -Mortimer Adler
I love this because I am a firm believer that we never really stop learning. No matter if you've just graduated from kindergarten or you've just earned your PhD, there's always room to learn and grow. As long as we continue to seek answers to our questions and curiosities, we will continue to learn more and more each day. So even though we might choose to hold off on our "formal" education, that doesn't mean we can't be more knowledgeable about the things we'd like to explore in our lifetime. Whether we learn things from reading books, sitting in a classroom, in on-the-job training, or just by watching some "how-to" videos on YouTube, we all grow in some way through that learning experience. And what's so great is that as long as we're living, we can keep on learning.

So to all of you college grads out there (and even those who aren't graduating this year)...learning doesn't stop with the arrival of your "diploma", nor should you want it to. Instead, try to learn something new every day, and remember that as long as you keep on learning, you will keep on growing. Keep this in mind and I am sure our lives will greatly benefit.

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Keep Smiling,

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree! I am all for lifelong learning :-). I never want to stop.


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