No more school, no more books
Most students tend to give up on learning once the bell tolls in April. On some level, everyone deserves some degree of academic freedom.
Is this a good idea? Should learning really stay within the confines of an institution?
All year we’re stuck in classrooms, offices and the library. Lots of learning happens in the classroom. However, many things can also be learned outside as well.
Think for a second that this summer could be different. Do something for yourself — at least after your massive hangover from last-clash bash resides.
Take up small engine repair, read a book or two, write something, go somewhere, see a sunrise, play ultimate frisbee, try your hand at adventurous archeology, go spelunking, create the next big internet meme — try something new.
For four months, the leash of standardized learning is off.
Rather than fight and slave for the minimum standard requirement (Cs get degrees) you can actually take the time to immerse yourself in something for the maximum return.
Standardized education is an important part of reaching our full individual potential, but it’s not the only piece in the puzzle.
Schools use the metaphor of climbing a mountain to describe success, but couldn’t it be a beach? A valley? A bathroom? Shouldn’t an individual’s journey in education extend far beyond eight semesters and a textbook?
Of course, most of us have to work in some capacity this summer, but accept that change of pace for what it is. Maybe you’re working so you can travel or see a music festival, maybe that’s the way you’re supporting a family or maybe that’s what you need to finally move out on your own.
Once you’re home though, remember the summer sun shines until 9 p.m. and apparently there are several establishments around that serve a certain hoppy brew.
In any case, do yourself a solid and use the sunny side of the Earth’s journey through space to find some inspiration.
It’ll be over before you know it.