NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)
Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!
Friday, January 23, 2009
What To Do, What To Do . . .
I have an intellectual dilemma, and I'm certain in this book-blogging world that I'm not alone. I think many people out there have that certain insecurity that goes along with never having pursued a college degree, that weird "I'm not smart enough for my opinion to really matter" feeling, as if some letters after my name will propel me to some higher ground.
I would *love* to be able to say I have a degree in English or Literature. It's a fantasy to see my name with an M.A. or Ph.D. after it. Or even a B.A. at this point! I've spent a lot of time kicking myself for singing in rock bands instead of going to school. But I've also been told by people who do have M.A.'s and Ph.D.'s after their name that they would love to have done what I did, to have those experiences. The grass is always greener, right?
Those same people, when we talk about my lack of a college degree, tell me something very interesting. They sum it all up like this -- higher you go with a formal education, you learn more and more about less and less until you know everything about nothing. Unless I'm pursuing the degree for work purposes (Which I'm not. It's purely personal.), I'll learn much, much more on my own. I scoffed at this until I realized something this morning as I was scanning the degree requirements at yet another local college. Every list made me feel claustrophobic. All that time and effort and that's all I'll learn about? But there's sooooo much more out there!! Suddenly, I find myself envisioning different letters after my name: A.D. (A.D. being the abbreviation for autodidact). I could write papers and link them to my blog for any crazy folks who would care to follow along. I could spend hours with courses from The Teaching Company. I could even have Peter make me a lovely certificate so I could feel all official. What do you think? I think I like it! :-)