We have enough “youth.” How about a fountain of “smart?”
As a CSULB student 46 years ago I was engaged in learning. Some of it was self-selected. Other parts were set by the requirements of my major (I changed a few times). One of my biggest “Ah-Ha” moments came during my senior year while working on research papers. As I pulled books and periodicals (magazines/journals) from the shelf, I ran across articles that did not pertain to my research, but greatly appealed to my curiosity. Rather than ignore them, I wrote them down and told myself that I could come look at them later . . . after graduation.
I actually followed through. I had an advantage of living next door to a library, so my excuses diminished. I chose one topic at a time and focused reading on it for as many weeks as I felt it merited. Hour-per-hour, much of my study equaled the hours of a 3-unit college course. I moved down my list with an attitude much changed from my college days. I studied just because I wanted to.
OLLI gives us the advantage of learning for learning’s sake. How sweet is that! Learning from experts in their field, no tests, no grades, and no term papers. To top it off, we share time with great peers who occasionally turn into friends as well. There are so many trade-offs in life. To everything there is a season. Now is your season to continue learning . . . just for fun. Invite a friend too.
Our latest season includes the loss of Jack Blecher. For the first issue in 20 years, he is not listed as Editor of The SUN. Jack, I miss you. I was not through learning from you, but I will do my best to continue your work of compiling The SUN and spreading sunshine.
Winter Solstice - December 21, 8:28 A.M. PST
The shortest day of our year.
THANK YOU to OLLI VOLUNTEERS !
|Dr. Barbara White||Executive Director|
|Naida Tushnet||Vice President|
|Technology Working Group|
|vacant||Membership Services Working Group|
|Malcolm Green||President Emeritus|