Fifteen years ago, I attended a private high school where the competition to get into Ivy League colleagues like Harvard and Yale was fierce. And a lot of my close friends got into such universities. They studied really hard, and sometimes even sacrificed a lot to achieve that success. I feel proud of all of my friends who made it to such top schools. I am still in touch with most of them, and I am happy to know they are leading happy lives. I also feel proud of myself and my other friends who made it to not so prestigious schools. In the end, we are all able to contribute to the society regardless of where we studied, and that’s a great thing.
Fifteen years ago, I would have never imagined that I could have the chance to “attend” Harvard or any other Ivy League school again. But times have changed for the better, don’t you think so? In fact, I am currently auditing “Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking” offered by Harvard. And I’m lucky enough to be able to do that from the comfort of my home, at hours that I find convenient, and only at the cost of electricity and the Internet. Isn’t that just amazing!
A couple of days ago, I was just browsing the Internet, and for some reason, I typed in MIT online courses. And that’s how I discovered http://www.edx.org ! Edx is an amazing platform where you can find online courses offered by great universities from all around the world. It’s not just Harvard or MIT, you can also access courses offered by universities in Japan, China, or the Netherlands. You can find a variety of courses from design to engineering. I know, it may not be the same as attending the university in person and getting a full degree. But who cares if your goal is to improve your skills in whichever area that interests you?
Most of the courses give you the option of auditing the course too. Auditing means you won’t get a certificate at the end of the course, but still, you can have access to all the course materials, and assignments for free. And, for most of the courses, if you prefer to choose the certification way, the certification fee is not an extreme amount either.
If you are one of the “relentless learners” that Edx refers to on their website, please take a look at all the courses that are offered. I know watching Netflix is more tempting for most of us, and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. I’m a proud fan of Cobra Kai, and I watch a couple of episodes every week (if you are interested in Cobra Kai, please make sure to watch Karate Kid series before watching Cobra Kai). But please, try to dedicate at least an hour of your day, or week to learn something new, or improve something you already know. You have nothing to lose and lots to gain 🙂
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