For those of you who have been following my blog for some time, you already know that I am a firm believer in the joy of lifelong learning. I look for and take every opportunity to learn something new. It’s not that I am looking for a new career, or have run out of things to do with my life, I just like learning new things and acquiring new skills.
If you feel the way I do, I have a recommendation for your consideration. Emeritus College. There are several of these programs across the country, usually attached to a college or university. You can look it up on line. Luckily for me, there is one such organization attached the the University of North Texas, which is just 10 miles from where I live. It is coordinated through the Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning.
This particular organization offers classes in two different locations, and is open to any adult who is 50+. There are currently 475 members who have access to over 140 classes, tours, and events per year. The annual fee for joining this organization is a whopping $168. The classes usually run for 90 minutes. That, my friends, is a bargain!
The general categories of classes are:
Religion and Spirituality
History and Social Science
Math, Science, and Technology
Language and Literature
Health and Well Being
Some of the more interesting class titles are:
The Sleeping Beauty: The Iconic-Romantic Ballet
A Condensed History of Money and Banking in the US from 1790-2010
What is Trash and What Happens After They Take it Away?
Islam in America
I was honored in September, when I was accepted as a lecturer for this organization. My class was entitled “Dream Work.” There were 89 members attending this particular session. During the question and answer segment at the end of the 90 minutes, I was very impressed with the interest of the participants. Each attendee was given an evaluation sheet and 52 of them completed and returned them, which I think is a good percentage. The evaluations for this class showed a very positive score, as well as many interesting comments and suggestions.
Based on the feedback from the participants, I have submitted a class proposal for the Spring in which we will discuss actual dreams brought by class participants. That should be very interesting. I believe that through teaching, I continue to learn.