Well, it’s official, I have applied to grad school, that’s what I did last week when the kids were in school and I didn’t get to sub, at all. I also spent countless hours editing a wedding. Can you guess which one was fun? Yes, I LOVE editing! Anyway, as I was writing an essay, and the rewriting it, asking for letters, getting my transcript sent over, I wished that I could get my masters from the University of Google. I seriously could write a thesis on how much one can learn off of the internet. Over the years, I have learned plenty.
As a classroom teacher, I used the internet very little for my classroom. I relied on books for information. However, as a mom, especially when we were going through the diagnosis stage, so many of the books were outdated and I needed current information. I spent HOURS searching the web for behavior plans, games, social stories, and any strategy you could think of to help make our lives better. Of course, once I had the basic ideas, like a teacher, I changed them to fit our situation.
I have admitted countless times that stay-at-home motherhood has been both a blessing and curse. I mean, once our boxes were unpacked and the house was organized, I was EXTREMELY bored and unchallenged. Luckily, I found the 365 Project and photography. For over two years, I have been accessing the University of Google to learn all sorts of things. I have learned how to shoot manually, I have learned numerous photo softwares, I have learned how to create fantasy photos, and how to make my photographs sparkle. I have researched cameras, lens, speed lights, and any photography related product you could imagine.
Of course, one cannot stop at photography, because now I am in love with writing, and blogging. This week alone I have learned how to make ad space, a grab my button widget, and today, I added new social icons (Thanks to Kira and plechi). I am starting to fall in love with graphic design and I am learning a lot.
The drawbacks of the University of Google is the TIME it takes. I wish I could get paid for the hours I have spent researching, trying and failing. It’s more than I will admit to even myself. Little snippets of time really add up over the months and years. Plus, I can’t exactly put these skills on a resume. “Self taught, no lessons!” [Insert scene from The Wedding Singer with the drunk brother].
I certainly wish I could get credits, or a master’s from The University of Google. Instead, I am going to hopefully start a real master’s program in less than a month, but that is in God’s hands now. If not in a month, then soon, and it won’t be as free as The University that I have been attending, but at the end of my 36 credit hours, I will at least have a better degree and a piece of paper to put on my walls. I hope to at least have some direction once I have paid another few thousand dollars for my brain.
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