3 Day Quote Challenge
It’s time for some coffee chit-chat! So get your biscuits ready!
As I already mentioned yesterday, The Fourth Dimension of Life nominated me for the 3 Day Quote Challenge (Again, thank you for this wonderful opportunity, Stefan.). Let’s dive right into Day 2!
(Please check out the rules and my nominees for this challenge at the end of this article.)
As a teacher-to-be, I basically can not get around dedicating at least one day of the challenge to education.
I was once criticized for an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. I don’t understand people who think like this, because honestly, I enjoy taking off the blindfold and understanding how the world works. With this mindset, I enrolled into university for math and physics.
Summing Up My Education In One Quote
“Is this your father?” – My Analysis Professor
Let’s Take a Step Back
It was my first semester at university and my second analysis lecture. I had just finished high school and stupidly thought I knew it all. I could even play around with fancy words like derivative or Riemann integration. My analysis professor, a Russian man wearing a black leather trench coat and carrying a boxy brief case, entered the stuffed auditorium. Without further ado, he took the chalk and wrote a gigantic “2” on the blackboard. He pointed at it and asked in all seriousness “Is this your father?”. (In case you are wondering, yes, we laughed. – He didn’t.)
It turns out that most professors had a similar version of this saying. My alternative favorite is: “Is this a pretzel?”
Why I Like This Quote – Educational Star Wars
First of all, this quote gives you a pretty good idea of what my life is like when I am not blogging, filming or whatever. At uni, I belong to a group of freaky out-of-the-box thinkers. (Sometimes, the stereotypes are just too real.)
Secondly (and most importantly), the quote challenges you to question your beliefs. Re-think! Don’t just take things for granted and rob your mind of the beauty of truly understanding the Hows and Whys. Avoid these kinds of shortcuts. Instead, you need to find the motivation and the drive to develop, because they are essential to becoming a life long learner.
The great thing is that there is so much to learn(!): knowledge, values, skills… There is absolutely no need to restrict your interest on categorized schoolroom classes. For instance, for right now, I have really gotten into filmmaking. It’s a completely new field to me and I am still trying to answer questions like “How can I tell an interesting story?” or “Why does this angle pull in the audience?”.
Just A Click Away
Especially, at this day and age, there are so many sources of education for free or very little money online! There are platforms, like Future Learn (Future Learn is free!) or Coursera as well as educational Youtube channels and podcasts that might help you on your way of fulfilling your potential.
But honestly, if you are short of time, I get it. In this case, try to start smaller. Read a newspaper if that floats your boat.
All in all, never stop asking questions or in Einstein’s words: “The important thing is to never stop questioning.”
Put Down Your Biscuits And Get Engaged In The Conversation
Are you a life-long learner? What is it you are learning right now?
And what online platforms do you use to widen your knowledge?
Let me know in the comments below!
3 Day Quote Challenge – The Rules
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Post a quote for three consecutive days.
- Nominate three other bloggers each day.
My 3 Nominees
FOR EVERYONE ELSE:
PLEASE let me know if you WANT TO BE NOMINATED FOR THE CHALLENGE!!!
Also, check out Day 1 if you haven’t already. Enjoy! 🙂
p.s.: If you too are heading down the road of mathematical education, or simply interested in math, I highly recommend the book “Nix The Tricks” to you. The book illustrates through carefully chosen examples how to build a mathematical understanding while avoiding shortcuts. Love this find!