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Chapter 8. The Learning Hand > SUCCESS CARD 37: Develop Yourself & Take Respons...

SUCCESS CARD 37: Develop Yourself & Take Responsibility

Develop Yourself

French author and diarist Anais Nin wrote in Winter of Artifice, “Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”[1] If you feel stagnant in your life, you are probably ready to make a move. That move can involve a considerable amount of self-development.

“I advise that you're never too old.”

We're an open-admissions community college. I see lots of folks who represent the first generation to go to college at any age—twenty-six, thirty-six, forty-six, or fifty-six. They learn from life and want to go back to get an education. I deal a lot with people who didn't follow the formula. Education means choice when you have no other options. I see people who've run out of options. For example, I have adult women whose husbands have left them and their supplemental job now needs to be full time, or people who have to learn a skill to stay employed with new technology. What's growing is the reeducation—the retraining of adults. Senior citizens are coming in because they want to learn computer skills, and we have a custom-paced program for them. We have a woman in her seventies who came in because she wanted to email her grandson. She was very nervous at first, but she got so enthused that now with the advanced classes, she's putting on PowerPoint programs with clips, music, and special effects. She's a computer lab assistant now, helping others in the program.

Billie, admissions adviser at a Midwestern community college



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