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I seem to always be studying something! People say critical things about this, but I just really love learning. Anyone else?
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Took me ten years for 3 degrees and a PGCE, so in a sense, yes
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Yeah i like to always be learning new things. If it was possible and i could afford it i'd probably just keep doing degrees and have like loads of them (or at least some part time ones around a job).

I don't understand how anyone could be critical!
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Yeah I think they're critical because they see it as flighty or changeable - there's a myth sometimes that people should just be interested in ONE THING or have one clear career path.

I have a BA in Women's Studies and MA in English Lit, a PhD in musicology, a diploma in Jazz Studies, a yoga teacher training qualification and I'm thinking of doing a physiotherapy degree! I love all these subjects though!
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Sort of lol
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****in nerd
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****in nerd
learnings for nerds u 4 eyes
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nah fr tho I literally do get so obsessed and interested in so many topics, but I try to stay focussed on just a few things over time so as not to become a despicable dilettante
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Yes. At 24 years and three months old I decided to restart French lessons purely due to boredom. One entire year and three months later I am really enjoying it. My motto is never stop learning at all. In other words you can always learn things even as you walk down the street.
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nah fr tho I literally do get so obsessed and interested in so many topics, but I try to stay focussed on just a few things over time so as not to become a despicable dilettante
ha! if you do it over yeaaaaars though (I'm 45!) then you can still go into depth, so can still be despicable but less dilettante!
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Yes. At 24 years and three months old I decided to restart French lessons purely due to boredom. One entire year and three months later I am really enjoying it. My motto is never stop learning at all. In other words you can always learn things even as you walk down the street.
Ah cool - so good to find something that you enjoy too
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Yeah I think they're critical because they see it as flighty or changeable - there's a myth sometimes that people should just be interested in ONE THING or have one clear career path.

I have a BA in Women's Studies and MA in English Lit, a PhD in musicology, a diploma in Jazz Studies, a yoga teacher training qualification and I'm thinking of doing a physiotherapy degree! I love all these subjects though!
I think society is quite biased in thinking that way, like it assumes that everyone should have one thing they excel at and are passionate about and what they really want to do or else you're some sort of failure. But the truth is some of us just aren't like that at all, and enjoy many things and constantly expanding their horizons and knowledge.

I saw a ted talk a few years ago i'd recommend watching on youtube, it's called why some of us don't have one true calling by Emilie Wapnick. She helps explain how it can actually be a benefit in work, by bringing in a broad range of knowledge, being able to develop your skills and find innovative solutions by drawing from this broad knowledge and finding connections that 'specialists' can't.

I think humans are just generally complex and we all have different ways of working and things that we're good at. It's not always good to rely on just one 'type' of person, and can even be restrictive to do so.
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I think society is quite biased in thinking that way, like it assumes that everyone should have one thing they excel at and are passionate about and what they really want to do or else you're some sort of failure. But the truth is some of us just aren't like that at all, and enjoy many things and constantly expanding their horizons and knowledge.

I saw a ted talk a few years ago i'd recommend watching on youtube, it's called why some of us don't have one true calling by Emilie Wapnick. She helps explain how it can actually be a benefit in work, by bringing in a broad range of knowledge, being able to develop your skills and find innovative solutions by drawing from this broad knowledge and finding connections that 'specialists' can't.

I think humans are just generally complex and we all have different ways of working and things that we're good at. It's not always good to rely on just one 'type' of person, and can even be restrictive to do so.
Thanks for the talk recommendation - I'll definitely watch that.
I completely agree with you.

I read the book 'Refuse to Choose' by Barbara Sher once and she describes the personality type called a 'scanner' - someone who loves to explore lots of different things, learn loads and start new things. She encourages scanners to not listen to that 'one size fits all' model and to be themselves!
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Yes. At 24 years and three months old I decided to restart French lessons purely due to boredom. One entire year and three months later I am really enjoying it. My motto is never stop learning at all. In other words you can always learn things even as you walk down the street.
cool! i'm 18 and just started learning french out of boredom too any tips/resources?
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Took me ten years for 3 degrees and a PGCE, so in a sense, yes
Taken me that long and I've not even gotten the first degree yet :laugh: :cry:

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I seem to always be studying something! People say critical things about this, but I just really love learning. Anyone else?
Since I've been in and around education since more or less I left school quite some 10 years ago, yeah I guess I am even for the ~4 year period I wasn't studying I spent most of it working at a uni (in a non-academic position)!
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i am forever learning, i am a naturally curious person, but i prefer to research my own interests rather than more formal education
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Formal education is expensive! I am doing a second degree, for interest and now a masters in sane subject. No loans for undergraduate and just paid for masters outright as I had the savings.

I may do another degree at 60! Politics maybe.
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Sort of.
Ive got a BA and a PGCE, There are two masters i am thinking of doing in a few years time.
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Thanks for the talk recommendation - I'll definitely watch that.
I completely agree with you.

I read the book 'Refuse to Choose' by Barbara Sher once and she describes the personality type called a 'scanner' - someone who loves to explore lots of different things, learn loads and start new things. She encourages scanners to not listen to that 'one size fits all' model and to be themselves!
I'll have to give that book a read! I can totally relate to that definition of a 'scanner'. I just like taking on new challenges, going through that learning process to improve, and being able to connect different topics.

I definitely used to struggle that i didn't just fit in to society like eveyone else does, that I couldn't fit the stereotypical strengths of a 'model' employee and what other people want me to be, feeling that i must be boring or something because i just don't seem to be as passionate about something like everyone else. The video helped me to see the strengths and value of my own nature, and that it is ok to be different. That I am passionate about things, about learning many different things and how they all fit together. I think i do still struggle fitting in sometimes, but i perhaps have more confidence in myself and my strengths now, even if others may not understand that everyone just works in different ways and it's not necessarily wrong.

I think i went on a bit of a rant there...
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I'll have to give that book a read! I can totally relate to that definition of a 'scanner'. I just like taking on new challenges, going through that learning process to improve, and being able to connect different topics.

I definitely used to struggle that i didn't just fit in to society like eveyone else does, that I couldn't fit the stereotypical strengths of a 'model' employee and what other people want me to be, feeling that i must be boring or something because i just don't seem to be as passionate about something like everyone else. The video helped me to see the strengths and value of my own nature, and that it is ok to be different. That I am passionate about things, about learning many different things and how they all fit together. I think i do still struggle fitting in sometimes, but i perhaps have more confidence in myself and my strengths now, even if others may not understand that everyone just works in different ways and it's not necessarily wrong.

I think i went on a bit of a rant there...
Rants are good! Societal norms really hold people back - wouldn't it be good if we could just all be ourselves and celebrate those differences and allow people to enjoy their own strengths
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