What options do you have in a world ruled by old ways of thinking?

How do you gain the knowledge to access your education without any debt? We’re seeing higher and higher tuition hikes, investments in football stadiums and luxury dorms – but less investment in tangible skills that students (us) can take advantage of.

For people that do decide to strike it on their own, it can sometimes be lonely. I know I feel like that sometimes:

“Am I doing the right thing?”

“Maybe I should get a degree in this or that…”

“How will I be able to support myself?”

America is really talking about the way education has to change. Just last weekend over The Time Summit on Higher Education took time to see what changes can be done to reform education (I on the other hand think there just has to be a whole revolution and change made). The top three themes came to be

1. Competition Creates Higher Cost

2. Innovate or Die

3. To Improve Higher Education; build better K-12 schools

These are all things that young people know. But what about actions?  What are some tangible answers that they are giving students. During the Presidential debate education was touched on and both parties said “We want to get you jobs.”

Yes sure, but education isn’t preparing us for jobs. Technology is changing the way we interact and do business, there are jobs that didn’t exist a few years ago, and we’re seeing more of a freelance mobile slasher career popping up for us Millennials.

This is why I share classes, schools, and resources that will help you learn skills that you can actually use today. In a world ruled by old thinking, let’s bring in the new and the change. With elections upon us, let’s not wait for change but take advantage of the tools and communities that exist to create our own change.

Hope you’re living a BellaVie!

What is Experiential Learning and Where can I Learn that Way?

Hello fellow learner,

Happy Monday! I hope that this start of the week is beginning well in your learning adventures. Today I have  schedule set on learning more about videography (through vimeo), herbalism, and holistic health (through work and library books).  However, I wanted to share some experiential learning opportunities tips and resources because I feel that learning by doing is one of the greatest ways an individual can learn.

What is experiential learning?

It is literally what it sounds like! Learning from experience. Today in school we read about history, social issues, but what really makes a difference is when we are there fully using all of our senses. Sight, taste, touch, smell, and hearing! 

You can see an actual diagram of this process through David Kolb‘s Cycle of Experiential learning. Through an actual concrete experience, we consciously observe it and reflect. It is a continual process, and in our time post-experience we have time to create an abstract conceptualization in our minds through this experience, and afterwards (because all of our senses have been part of the original experience) we actively experiment and create our own way and understanding of doing things.

Why is this a great way of learning?

According to Keuka College:

  • It gives students confidence in whatever field they happened to be learning about
  • For students that would like to be employed in certain jobs, it gives them a competitive advantage over students that have just “studied” the subject

Of course in a traditional school setting there are different requirements that need to be met – journals, classroom discussions, and papers – which can definitely be helpful in completely absorbing the information. However, when these things become the main goal of the classroom rather than the material itself students tend to get bored and see it as a chore.

How can you get some experiential learning opportunities?

After experiencing China and teaching English there I really have the travel bug. But for people that are not interested in travel specifically there are many experiential opportunities. 

These are some of the sites that I have used and stumbled upon for experiential learning opportunities. There are more on my resources page above. Experiential learning can be as local as connecting with a business owner in your community and offering some of your time, while learning a craft. To flying halfway across the world to get actual teaching experience.

Hope you’re all living  a BellaVie!