I know I still have a little while left before I finish service. But as I’ve mentioned, having an approaching deadline has me thinking about what’s next and what I can accomplish before I go. Though Peace Corps work is my top priority, it’s not the only thing I’m prioritizing during this time. I’m also preparing myself for post-Peace Corps. I think I’m going to go back to school, which probably isn’t a huge surprise to anyone who knows me. I love school, and it will aid in directing my career path. More on that another time. So in light of all this I’m spending a lot of time preparing to take the GMAT, very exciting. I just studied for three and a half hours, and my eyes hurt from looking at my computer screen. I love it though.
Aside from studying for the GMAT, I have also been taking online classes, which are not for credit, but are helpful to brush up on concepts from college and introduce brand new topics. I use Coursera, a site that offers financial aid since I’m a Peace Corps Volunteer and features classes from countless universities around the world.
Another way I continue learning in Peace Corps is using Google Scholar and find work by professors from universities I may be interested in. I search for academic articles and papers about various subjects. There is so much information out there, and scholarly texts often have specific perspectives and insights about broader topics. It’s helpful to see what types of concepts are heavily studied versus more obscure. Exploring different types of industries and disciplines with a common theme hones my academic and professional interests.
I am out here learning in so many ways, formal and informal, and I welcome all of the growth. School was always where I felt my most confident, empowered, accomplished. Who would I be without the ability to read, write, type this blog, analyze, comprehend, study? There are too many people in the world who don’t have the choice to learn. I value education very much and the tools it’s given me. I feel privileged to have access to knowledge and the ability to absorb it.