…lifelong learning is the ongoing education of the self. Because it's on a continuum, this type of learning is self-motivated and often self-taught. It's turning the act of learning in a classroom into a daily mindset and habit. It's about having a fierce desire to gain knowledge and skills whenever, wherever, and however.
Lifelong learning is "the practice of continuing to learn throughout one's entire life, especially outside of or after the completion of formal schooling" (Dictionary.com, n.d.), which includes your time here at Sheridan. Whether you're pursuing personal interests and passions or chasing professional ambitions, lifelong learning can help you achieve new personal fulfillment and satisfaction.
One of the best parts about college is the actual process of learning, "from understanding how something works (the human body, the universe, a foreign language) to why people do what they do (history, sociology, psychology)"—it's these breakthrough moments that keep students "motivated to study and stay in the classroom" (Fairbanks, 2021).
At Sheridan, you're learning more about yourself too—in your classes and all your other activities, you're setting up the strategies and approaches you'll use to learn new things after you graduate, which will help keep you competitive in your career, improve your relationships, and create a better world.
You can ask yourself:
One key thought to keep in mind—lifelong learning is "a way of life, not a one-off activity" (Fairbanks, 2021). Taking shortcuts with course-sharing and homework help sites as you're building your foundational skills means that you're losing out on developing a process of learning that will help you develop new skills.
After watching the video, reflect on the following questions:
To recap the Pathways to Success section:
Dictionary.com. (n.d.). Lifelong learning. In Dictionary.com dictionary. Retrieved September 29, 2022, from https://www.dictionary.com/browse/lifelong-learning
Fairbanks, B. (2021, August 4). 10 helpful habits to develop a lifelong learning mindset. PhoenixBlog. https://www.phoenix.edu/blog/develop-lifelong-learning-mindset.html?_tt=8b75dfd8-1f9c-4554-b6b5-55e40ba3ebf8
TEDx Talks. (2020, August 14). Always a life-long learner | Maia Reed | TEDxLakelandUniversity [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/DDPiqw9TBVw