You know it's back-to-school season when notebooks and pencils are suddenly dirt-cheap everywhere you look. Students across the nation are trekking back to school with new backpacks, classes and classmates. Are you eager to get back into the learning groove, too?
Fortunately, you don't have to be enrolled as a full-time student at an official school if you want to be a passionate student of life. All of us--regardless of our age, income or time availability--can be passionate learners every single day for the rest of our lives in any subject matter we are interested in, whether it is as specific as learning how to knit or as broad as becoming a more informed global citizen. Here are 8 general tips to really get yourself into the learning groove in the school of life this season.
1. Always have a reading book in hand no matter where you go. Reading stimulates creativity, critical thinking, and opens the horizons of your imagination. Even if it is only for ten minutes a day, those ten minutes make a world of a difference.
2. Surround yourself with mentor figures who are extremely skilled in the areas you want to be skilled at. When you are around hard-working and creative people who are good at what they do, they will always continue to inspire you to keep pushing your own potential.
3. Subscribe to a magazine that keeps you up-to-date in the intellectual field you are most interested in. Though many of us do subscribe to blogs, I really believe having to read a physical magazine article is far more focused than skimming one blog post in one of many multiple tabs on the internet. (I absolutely recommend subscribing to the magazine Utne Reader for your regular dosage of relevant and engaging news, essays and articles.)
4. Attend regular meet-ups with people who are interested in the same hobbies and interests as you.There is power in numbers, and finding your "tribe" can spark many exciting possibilities, collaborations and projects. Plus, being connected with many people who are eager to learn the same things as you simply means you are connected to many more resources you wouldn't have found by yourself. Find a local group via meetup.com or make it as simple as a monthly reading club with your immediate circle of friends.
5. Know what's going on in your city. Does your city have free concerts? Lectures at universities open to the public? Free seminars at local museums and community centers? Stay in the know with what your neighborhood has to offer for some free learning.
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