A few tips
Here is a short list of ways you can start to make education a part of your everyday lives and a few other tips I've learned over the years—often the hard way.
- Try to find connections among your classes—even the ones that are seemingly unrelated. The truth is, whether or not the colleges and universities are structured this way or not, ALL your classes relate to each other.
- Read books, not because they're assigned but because you want to understand more about the world and others' ideas. It might be a tough habit to start if you've never read much in the past, but you'll quickly find yourself enjoying it.
- Watch documentaries instead of always watching action movies and love stories.
- Listen to others—not just what they're saying but what they're trying to say. Don't be too quick to dismiss others' ideas because they aren't saying something in the way that you would say it.
- Try to realize that the world isn't a series of black and white choices. There are A LOT of gray areas—regardless of what many news pundits, religious leaders, and political figures want us to believe.
- Don't simply hate others because they don't think, believe, dress and act like you do.
- Don't be too quick to put yourself in debt. As Thoreau says in Walden, debt can easily become a prison.
- Use your knowledge to help others, not exploit them or subjugate them.
- Whatever interests you, TRY IT! Eventually, you'll get old, and you'll annoy yourselves and others with all your regrets and lost opportunities.