5 Reasons Why You Should Always Keep Learning

5 Reasons Why You Should Always Keep Learning

"Once you stop learning, you start dying." - Albert Einstein
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I love school. I know, I’m one of the nerds. But I embrace my nerdiness; I own it. One reason I went back to school to get my Masters Degree in English and Creative Writing from SNHU is that I love to learn.

Something about developing new skills and making my brain flex inactive muscles takes me to my happy place. I told you – nerd.

So for those looking for an excuse to stop going to class, here are 5 reasons we should always keep learning:

1. If you’re serious about career advancement, you have to stay on top of what’s happening in your industry.


It doesn’t matter if you’re a writer, a graphic artist, an accountant or the CEO of a multibillion-dollar conglomerate; if you don’t stay on top of trends and updates in your industry, you’ll soon be left behind.

If you can’t stand the thought of sitting in a classroom, put on your bunny slippers and start surfing the web. More and more established professionals are offering online classes to share their wealth of knowledge and experience.

When I decided to learn about copywriting and content strategy, I found a ton of classes online. After selecting a few from Udemy – okay, so more like 12 – I am completing them at my own pace. From the comfort of my couch.

2. Make up for the lack of experience in a specific field.

I asked Jessica Palacios, Human Resources Recruiter for arc Afterschool in Los Angeles, CA what she would recommend to those looking to switch careers but who may have little to no experience in that field. Jessica advocated for taking a class. “What is experience? It’s putting into action the theories and knowledge that you acquire through learning.” Taking the initiative to expand your knowledge base is a great way to show recruiters how serious you are.

3. Maintain a healthy brain.

Henry Ford was ahead of his time in more ways than one, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

Harvard Health Publications notes, “A higher level of education is associated with better mental functioning in old age.” What does this mean for you? Learning is more important than ever to sharpen your mind and retain memory as you get older.

4. Your Bucket List is feeling awfully neglected lately.


You may or may not want to admit it, but you, dear reader, have a Bucket List. You may not call it that, but I’m sure it exists. It could be written in the back of a journal somewhere or hidden in your phone’s notes. It could also live purely in your memory. Wherever it is, your Bucket List is itching to be updated and have some things crossed off.

Didn’t you always want to learn how to surf? Or secretly want voice lessons so you could kill it at Karaoke next week? Whatever guilty pleasure is waiting on that list, go for it! Sign up for that class and satisfy your curiosity. Your brain will thank you for it.

5. Learning something new together is a great way to bond with friends, family and your significant other.

As all-encompassing as career and education can be, don’t forget to call home or hang out with your friends when you come up for air. Your support system is very important and without it, life is much more difficult than it needs to be.

Group classes have become more and more popular in recent years with the explosion of wine painting parties, cooking classes… you name it, someone has a class for it. Sites like Living Social, Groupon and newcomer, Verlocal offer discounted rates for all types of classes. Get your squad together and learn how to make pasta from an Italian-born chef then work it off with yoga by the beach. Go ahead, make memories!

Cover Image Credit: www.burlingtonschool.co.uk

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."
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Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."


3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."


4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.


"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.


“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.


Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."


25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.


"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.


"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."


30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.


"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"


32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."


34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."


35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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Toulouse Grande, Ari's Dog, Stole The Spotlight In The 'thank u, next' Music Video

Any dog other than Toulouse Grande? Thank you, next!

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For those of you who don't know (or who are jumping on the Ariana Grande train just now), Toulouse is one of Ariana's many dogs. He's appeared in a few other music videos, like 'Right There' and 'No Tears Left To Cry'. However, his cameo was most prominent in her latest music video for 'thank u, next', which, by the way, broke YouTube records.

1. He's first seen rolling up with Ari, dressed as Elle Woods from Legally Blonde

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Toulouse called shotgun.

2. Toulouse stars as Bruiser Woods, Elle's sidekick

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Name a more iconic duo.

3. He's featured in some close-ups

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Every other dog on the planet is QUAKING in their boots.

4. Toulouse has no fear of the spotlight with his mommy by his side

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Nerves? Thank you, next.

5. He even wears his own custom swimsuit 

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He's living his best life.

6. How could you forget his studded collar?

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This collar probably costs more than my car.

7. He is completely unfazed by the cameras 

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He was BORN for showbiz.

8. At one point he literally watches himself on TV

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An absolute ICON.

9. He was even seen being pampered in behind the scenes footage

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Sadly, this scene didn't make it to the actual music video.

10. He got all the affection in between takes

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Only the best smooches for Toulouse.

11. Toulouse was an absolute spotlight-stealer

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He is killing it.

12. Keep living your best life, Toulouse!

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We'll keep living vicariously through you.

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