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!

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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My AP Environmental Science Class' Cookie Mining Experiment Shows Why Capitalism Is Destroying The Planet

Who cares about the environment with profits this high?

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With the AP exams in May approaching quickly, my AP Environmental Science class has wasted no time in jumping right into labs. To demonstrate the damage to the environment done by strip mining, we were instructed to remove the chocolate chips from cookies.

The experiment in itself was rather simple. We profited from fully or partially extracted chips ($8 for a full piece and $4 for a partial) and lost from buying tools, using time and area and incurring fines.

This might seem simplistic, but it showcased the nature of disastrous fossil fuel companies.

We were fined a $1 per minute we spent mining. It cost $4 per tool we bought (either tweezers or paper clips) and 50 cents for every square centimeter of cookie we mined.

Despite the seemingly overbearing charges compared to the sole way to profit, it was actually really easy to profit.

If we found even a partial chocolate chip per minute, that's $3 profit or utilization elsewhere. Tools were an investment that could be made up each with a partial chip, and clearly we were able to find much, much more than just one partial chip per tool.

Perhaps the most disproportionally easiest thing to get around were the fines. We were liable to be fined for habitat destruction, dangerous mining conditions with faulty tools, clutter, mess and noise level. No one in the class got fined for noise level nor faulty tools, but we got hit with habitat destruction and clutter, both of which added up to a mere $6.

We managed to avoid higher fines by deceiving our teacher by pushing together the broken cookie landscapes and swiping away the majority of our mess before being examined for fining purposes. This was amidst all of our cookies being broken into at least three portions.

After finding many, many chips, despite the costs of mining, we profited over $100. We earned a Franklin for destroying our sugary environment.

We weren't even the worst group.

It was kind of funny the situations other groups simulated to their cookies. We were meant to represent strip mining, but one group decided to represent mountaintop removal. Mountaintop removal is where companies go to extract resources from the tops of mountains via explosions to literally blow the tops off. This group did this by literally pulverizing their cookies to bits and pieces with their fists.

They incurred the maximum fine of $45. They didn't profit $100, however.

They profited over $500 dollars.

In the context of our environmental science class, these situations were anywhere from funny to satisfying. In the context of the real world, however, the consequences are devastating our environment.

Without even mentioning the current trajectory we're on approaching a near irreversible global temperature increase even if we took drastic measures this moment, mining and fracking is literally destroying ecosystems.



We think of earthquakes as creating mass amounts of sudden movement and unholy deep trenches as they fracture our crust. With dangerous mining habits, we do this ourselves.

Bigger companies not even related to mining end up destroying the planet and even hundreds of thousands of lives. ExxonMobil, BP? Still thriving in business after serial oil spills over the course of their operation. Purdue Pharma, the company who has misled the medical community for decades about the effects of OxyContin and its potential for abuse, is still running and ruining multitudes more lives every single day.

Did these companies receive fines? Yes.

But their business model is too profitable to make the fines have just about any effect upon their operation.

In our cookie mining simulation, we found that completely obliterating the landscape was much more profitable than being careful and walking on eggshells around the laws. Large, too-big-to-fail companies have held the future of our planet in their greedy paws and have likewise pulverized our environment, soon enough to be unable to return from.

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