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CHAPTER ONE: GETTING STARTED
Supposing is good, but finding out is better—Mark Twain
Thinking About How Learning Can Change You
Being Ready for New Challenges
Knowing What Motivates You
Managing Your Time and Resources
Learning is something you do every day. Every time you go to your computer to review the weather forecast, check the sports scores, or read a breaking news bulletin, you are taking basic steps in the learning process: gathering information and storing it in memory for convenient use. Learning is a natural and necessary aspect of everyday life. It’s an ordinary activity—but it holds extraordinary potential for growth and change when you pursue it with specific, intense purpose in an academic setting. Then it empowers you! We begin our book by looking at ways that learning can create meaningful change in your life.
Thinking about How Learning Can Change You
So here you are, one among many millions of adults who have chosen to go back to school to finish their college education, and you have chosen an online program to do that. Maybe you have thought about it for
a long time, or maybe it was an impulsive decision. Perhaps it is a long overdue personal goal, or maybe it was driven by professional needs. There are lots of reasons why adults are returning to university studies in increasing numbers: fulfillment of a lifelong dream, a push from an employer, a gnawing sense of “more out there,” or even a sense of guilt at not having done it before.
Regardless of how you arrived in this moment, you are here. You took the leap, and now you are looking at this book and your computer and probably wondering what you have gotten yourself into! Though some adult students approach the return to the university with confidence and ease, as faculty at Ashford University, it has been our collective experience that for many adult learners the task seems daunting. Well, it is and it isn’t! Every journey begins with a single step, followed by another and another. You might be a bit rusty, but if you put one foot in front of the other, you can do this.
The purpose of this book is to help you make the transition from a slightly fearful returning student to an intentional learner. Actually, you didn’t really stop learning when you stopped going to school. It is virtually impossible to live and engage in this rapidly changing world and not continue to learn. But you probably did not perceive it as “learning” per se—you “Only29% of people over age 25 in the United
were working, meeting new people, thinking about new States have a bachelor’s degree.” ...
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