“An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t.”
– Anatole France
Well, tomorrow I start my examinations officially. The first paper of the semester…
I study through a correspondence university. In my country, we don’t have universities and colleges sprouting everywhere, and tuition to attend one is simply ludicrous. I took the next best route: I started my life. I work a full time job, and I study in the evenings. I know I may have missed out on many things that a full fledged university would have to offer, but at the same time, I am already beginning my very own journey. Everything is on my own terms, and I far prefer it this way. I feel free, independent: the choices are mine, and mine alone!
Distance study is not always easy. You have to be dedicated and willing to apply yourself. You need to know if you can study on your own, and how you will go about acquiring information if you do not have it, or understand it fully. Do you have someone you can talk to, will you enroll on the online discussion forums, will you attend the occasional lecture that is planned in your area, or will you further research whatever is holding you back? You have to have a large portion of self control, and a desire to achieve what you set out to achieve.
I really don’t like the way that people treat correspondence studies as a joke, as though they are inferior and insignificant next to a university degree or college qualification. I think this is highly unfair, seeing as being a correspondent student means that you have to build your life up at the same time as maintain studies, and become qualified. That speaks volumes to me. And that you earned a degree on your own terms, through your own means and without a single person to hold your hand? Someone give correspondence students credit where it is due, please!
Do you study part time, or do you have the luxury of attending a university or college? For those that have studied, how did you do it? For those who are going to study, how do you plan to?