Once you stop learning, you start dying.

September 1-7th is Self-University Week!  Sponsored by 1989 by Autodidactic Press, Self-University week promotes and encourages life-long learning.

Challenge yourself this week to learn something new!  It doesn't have to be a big effort like going back to school for a degree; there's plenty of little things you can do.  Here are some of my favorites:

  • Take an online course.  Check out sites like Udemy or edX for classes on everything from Chair Yoga to complete programs in Bioinformatics.
  • Listen to audio books or language lessons while you commute.  Instead of listening to TayTay's new album on your commute, 'read' a new book.
  • Join a book club.  Either in real life (real people!!) or an online group.
  • Visit a museum or gallery.  Did you know Tucson has a museum of Kinetic Art?
  • Read the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.  Along with that, take a refresher in Government and Civics.
  • Sign up for music or dance lessons.  Try out the salsa or two-step.  Pick that old high school band instrument back up for a few lessons.
  • Word of the Day.  Look up the word of the day and make a goal to use it in conversation.
  • Meet someone new.  If you work in a large company, try to visit someone you don't know well.  If you're flying solo, befriend someone on social media.
  • Watch the opposite type of TV or movie.  If you live on TLC & HGTV, watch a news channel or comedy.  If you live on romcom's, watch a documentary or action thriller.
  • Go see a play or dance.  Pick something you wouldn't normally go to. UA Presents has a wide variety of shows.

Let me know what you decided to pursue in the comments!  I'd love to hear back from you what you thought or what you learned!