We were on a college campus last weekend. There’s nothing like strolling among big brick academic buildings to get my juices flowing. Just thinking about walking into a university lecture hall with a notebook and pencil in hand makes me all fluttery inside — so much to learn, so little time. As I was waxing eloquent about the joys of higher education, I asked PB if he felt it, too. After a pause he said, “It kinda makes me feel sick to my stomach.” (He still has dreams about being unprepared when called on in front of class.)
Alas, I am not enrolled in any colleges this fall. I’ve heard senior citizens can audit classes for free and not take any tests — PB might even go for that — but we’ve got a while to wait. Then, something wonderful happened.
The other day I was downloading music from iTunes and clicked on iTunes U. Glory! Free college courses from top universities! Well, I got clicking and dragging. This week I took Bo for a walk while listening to a Master Class on creative writing. Last night I laid in bed with my earphones on, soaking up a doctorate class from Reformed Theological Seminary. Somebody pinch me — this is too good to be true.
After a rather complacent summer of fluffy reading and down-right laziness, I am ready to strap on the backpack and go back to school….while walking the dog and lying in bed. What a wonderful world.
If you see any classes over at iTunes U you’d like to eavesdrop on, please share!
Hmmm…..I have to say I’m with PB on this one, but for a different reason. I was prepared for class but just incredibly homesick when I attended Illinois State University. I don’t miss college.
What I DO miss is the wonderful smell of a freshly mimeographed coloring page sitting neatly on my desk in first grade as I used my brand new Crayola Crayons on my artful creation! But as much as I loved the first days of grade school…..I would always be just a little bit homesick…
Youtube has a bunch of universities offering free lectures as well. For example, here is the link to Yale…http://www.youtube.com/user/yalecourses?feature=results_main
Thanks for mentioning this in your blog! I keep meaning to get to these. I’m with you on the lifelong learning; I miss the new round of classes every college quarter.