As a grad school dropout and a teacher at a grad program, people ask me all the time about whether or not they should head back to school. Most of them don’t really need to. What I see is that they really want to indulge a passionate curiosity to learn. To master something new, to challenge their minds, to play with new ideas, to feel driven and inspired and absorbed. Going to school isn’t the only way to do those things. Unless you want a job that can’t be had without a specialized degree (like pharmacist or public school teacher), and, unless it’s free, I usually advise people not to go. But the idea of learning independently can be daunting, so I started writing down my own strategies and interviewing friends who learn on their own, asking them how they do it.
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college grad school, via @johntunger