Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Learn Something For Free!!!

So, I've decided that in order to be happy, I simply must go back to school because I've completely remixed my career goals and am convinced that this one, the one I'm presently on, ain't it. (Oh, how I wish I'd come to these present realizations before the really expensive master's that's threatening to bankrupt me. Hey, you only live once!)

Now, in the thick of writing personal statements and filling out FAFSAs and attending info sessions and cutting checks for admissions applications, I've found myself taking inventory my abilities. You see, I'm going into engineering and we all know that engineers have to be solid on the math front. The problem is, the last time I took a math class was in the nineties. That's kind of a problem.

Enter the Internet and OpenCourseWare. There are schools, well-regarded ones, that offer online courses for the free. That's right, the free. Now I don't know about gaining credit and all that jive, but I do need some refresher courses, and this fits the bill like a money clip. Of these schools, MIT's offerings seem to be the most exhaustive. In addition to video lectures, they have sample projects, assignments, problem sets, tests with answers, and lecture notes, pretty much everything a real class would have.

(Adorable picture from TheBlackSpotBook's site on Etsy. Check out her adorable necklaces.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also.