Can’t get enough of that sweet, sweet education?
I’ve known for a long time that I’m a language nerd, but this week, as the northern hemisphere begins the new school year, I realize I might “suffer” from another condition – school addiction! Here are some signs you might have this “problem” too:
1. You feel jealous of people going back to school
As my Facebook feed fills up with friends’ posts about their first day of grad school or pictures of their kids’ first day of kindergarten, I feel…. jealous! If you’re like me then perhaps your teenage self might have been lamenting the end of summer around this time, but your adult self wishes they were strapping on a fresh backpack and starting something new! We long for the excitement of walking into a new classroom wondering what our teacher and peers will be like… and for the unique thrill only a fresh reading list can offer!
2. You keep going back to school
So what do you do when that yearning kicks in? Start researching the options for your next degree – or at least a certificate “to help boost your career opportunities”. In my case, I’ll be starting a PhD next year. I’m not sure what I’ll do with myself after that! I guess there is always the option of a post-doc…
3. You take courses for fun
Sometimes you do have to focus on other things like career and family so a full course load is not an option – but that doesn’t stop you from taking a course here and there. These days with services like Coursera, which allows you to take classes online from top universities around the world, how can you resist? Since completing my Masters in 2011, I’ve completed 2 certificate programs and 3 university level courses in a mixture of online and in-person classes.
4. You love stationary
Before you walk into a store like Staples, do you have to remind yourself of what you came for and that you will not, under any circumstances, buy yet another set of highlighters, no matter what kind of cool variety pack is on sale? Me too! Especially if I am actually starting a new school program – there’s a special kind of joy that comes with getting fresh gear to help start things off right!
5. You work as a teacher!
When you really can’t get enough of school, you find a way to go back every day – you become a teacher! You love education so much that you dedicate your life to it!