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To Learn or Not to Learn

November 1, 2016

To Learn or Not to Learn: By Beverly Wood

I decided to take a Continuing Education course this fall in a new and unfamiliar field of Network Technology. I have used computer applications regularly but I am not aware of how computers interact with each other. One of the instructors teaching this course piqued my interest in this field.

At exam time I always ask WHY I do this to myself. I could be outside enjoying the gorgeous fall weather, hiking, walking the dogs or simply enjoying our backyard. But, I am inside studying/reading/doing assignments. Why? “It is my LOVE of learning,” I tell myself. But why do I love learning despite the knowledge of the hard work involved in order to do well?


Some of the benefits of learning are:

  • Prevents boredom with life creeping in (emotional health)
  • Makes me happy (physical & emotional health)
  • Provides an opportunity to engage with other people and make new friends (social health)
  • Keeps my mind active, alert and healthy (intellectual health)
  • Good for personal and professional growth
  • Gives me a sense of accomplishment and an enhanced quality of life

So, when was the last time you learned something new?

Learning does not have to involve exams and homework. Have you been thinking of trying your hand at something new? Maybe it is a canning class or learning how to fix your own bike or knitting, etc. The world is a fascinating place; there are so many interesting things/topics to learn about. This winter, I encourage you to take the time to learn something new. You may be surprised how good it makes you feel.