I can feel it in the air. It’s time to go back to school to learn something new or to get prepared for a bright future. I’m not sure what it is about August that starts to get your mind in a malleable place. Maybe it’s the heat? Or, it could be the force of summer relaxation on the psyche? Either way, it happens every year and those of us who look forward to learning… engage.
Engaging in educational pursuits doesn’t mean it has to be traditional. Whatever your views on technology and connectivity, it has created choice in education. As we know, not everyone learns the same way. Therefore, it has opened up opportunities for finding a better fit for you personally. Don’t get me wrong; I’m more old school. In fact, I have picked up several industry books for the team and myself many times. I have hundreds of digital books on my iPad but there is something about cracking the spine of a printed book that makes me happy. And, they are much easier to share. Learning should be a shared activity.
I think Lansing School District Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul would agree. She has spent the last few years planning to create an environment where school, business and community connects to advance education. It was no small feat to bring everyone together. She has an impressive vision and used her education-know-how to get people on the same page. Featuring her amazing accomplishments and the talented woman herself in our education issue is a pleasure and a privilege.
Because there isn’t one way to get to where you’re going, it’s acceptable to try multiple options. Today, students can blend learning with traditional classroom and online environments. There are new school options that give students a real world experience or are fully online. It is changing the landscape and it has to. Students are different. They are evolving in a new age. We’re used to students graduating from high school and immediately moving on to college, but sometimes students want a “gap year.” I know, right? I couldn’t have imagined a gap year or working my educational pursuits into an eight to 10 year span, but it’s happening more and more.
My oldest son has completed enough credits for two associate’s degrees from Lansing Community College and was just accepted into the writing program at MSU at 24 years old. I’m super proud of him. It’s his path and even though it was difficult in the beginning to let him make his own choices, it will hopefully payoff for him and his future and will ultimately be more gratifying. After all, he did it his way.
Do it your way – be sure to keep learning.