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By Jennie Aguirre
WGU Mentor, Business College
At WGU, each student is assigned a personal faculty member to work with them as a mentor throughout their time at WGU. Additionally, each course has its own course mentors, subject-matter experts who are available to help students get through course material. Advice from your mentors is invaluable as you make your way through your online degree program. But we also want you to benefit from the wisdom of mentors not necessarily assigned to you, so occasionally, The Night Owl features advice from WGU mentors in college throughout the university.
February is the month for love, so I felt it would be fitting to talk about something I love (other than shoes).
I love learning. There, I said it.
It may sound corny but nothing lights me up like learning something new. Now I know you may be reading this as a student and think, Oh, sure, learning about stuff you are interested in is fun, but what about having to learn something because it is part of your degree plan?
Listen, I feel your pain.
I was a student for many years and didn’t always get to choose what I was learning either. I can say that I wish I knew then what I know now because if I had, I would have approached my studies in a different way and would have spared my family a lot of unnecessary whining and complaining (sound familiar?).
What I have learned about learning is that anytime you learn something new, it changes your brain. How cool is that?
Learning (like love) is about making connections, think about prior learning as a big Velcro wall: When you learn something new it needs a place to stick. The more you learn the more places you have created for new information to connect. So when you have to complete a course that you may not be that into, try and think about how this information will change your brain.
Some points to ponder…
I hope you will take the plunge and become a lifelong learner. If that seems like more of a commitment than you are ready to make—no worries, take it slow. You can’t rush love; after all, serious relationships take time…
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