What kindergarten, The Codist, and Zen, can teach us about lifelong learning, and becoming anything we want to be.
In 1986, a rather unlikely candidate for celebrity—a Unitarian Universalist minister from Waco, Texas—published a book that ended up spending nearly two years on The New York Times bestseller lists. That book was called All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, and the author was Robert Fulghum.
Probably the most famous part of Fulghum’s book today is the 16-item list in which he enumerates the life lessons he learned from those early school days.
On April 4, 2007, Andrew Wulf, author of the blog The Codist, wrote a post in which he leaned on Fulghum’s kindergarten-derived list to produce a list of his own; a list that functions as a sort of programmers manifesto.
The first item on Fulghum’s list is “Share everything.” And here’s what Wulf has to say about that:
Prioritizing your time, planning ahead, and relying on your community can help you successfully manage a fast-paced learning experience.
It’s one thing to know going in that a Nanodegree program is all about focused learning. It’s another thing altogether to actually experience firsthand what fast-paced learning is really like.
When we talk about our programs being compact, efficient, and effective, we mean that every minute of your classroom time is optimized for maximum learning. It’s what makes skills acquisition at this level possible, and it’s why you enrolled. But the realities can be intense. Things move fast, the projects can be difficult, and you are challenged at every point to do your very best work.
When it’s all over and done and you’ve successfully graduated, your skills will be at a whole new level, as will your confidence. But while you’re in progress, you may feel overwhelmed. The following tips can help you successfully contend with a fast-paced learning environment.
Start off strong, stay on track, and achieve your learning goals!
At Udacity, our goal is to inspire you to reach your career and learning goals. To achieve this, we are constantly working to understand how to support our students to find success in their Nanodegree programs.
By analyzing anonymized aggregate data about how much time our thousands of students spend in the classroom, we’ve learned something important. Those who kick off their learning with at least five hours in the classroom in each of their first two weeks are more likely to complete their projects on schedule and graduate. Though each Nanodegree program is different—requiring slightly more or less time for the average student to complete—we’ve seen that spending five hours in the first two weeks is the sweet spot for Nanodegree program completion.
To help you start off strong during this critical two-week period—and to give you clear first steps to complete those five hours in the classroom—we have launched a new feature: Nanodegree Program Learning Plans.
When Andrew Huschka enrolled in Udacity’s Front-End Web Developer Nanodegree program, he wasn’t aiming to get a promotion or change careers. But he did have something to prove. To himself, and to a special group of students at his alma mater. We spoke with Andrew to learn more about how his Nanodegree program experience enabled him to contribute to an amazing project.
From on-site interviews to learning workshops to our hiring partner showcase, Intersect 2018 offers an incredible experience, no matter where you are along your career path.
There are as many reasons to attend Intersect 2018 as there will be people who attend. Lifelong learning knows no age or stage, and everyone with a passion for self-empowerment through learning will derive value from the event. That said, the conference offers special rewards for those with an eye towards career advancement.
Intersect 2018 is a celebration of Lifelong Learning, and the conference gathers together some of the most inspiring and influential speakers in the world. Early bird tickets are available through February 28.
The pursuit of lifelong learning happens on two levels—the practical, and the aspirational. At the practical level, it’s about always having new goals, taking on new challenges, and going after new opportunities. At the aspirational level, it’s about nothing less than personal and professional transformation. It’s about constantly remaking yourself in an evolving image of your best self.
Udacity’s Intersect 2018 conference celebrates lifelong learning at both these levels. From hiring partner interviews to informative breakout sessions to providing professional headshots for your career profile, we want to support the practical steps you take to advance your life and career. Simultaneously, we are presenting some of the most innovative, inspiring, and influential speakers in the world, who come to this conference with the express goal of igniting within you the passion to transform yourself, your career, and the world around you.
Udacity Lifelong Learners Go For Learning Gold. Challenge Yourself Today!
The champion spirit knows no boundaries. It doesn’t live only on the field, the ice, the slopes. It takes root in the hearts of people from all walks of life. Wherever there is someone pursuing their personal best, taking on the biggest challenges, and striving to achieve more, that’s where you’ll find the champion spirit. From Architects to Zoologists, the champion spirit informs the work of every single person who strives to excel.