Back to School for All Ages

adult learning

Families are preparing for their children to return to school. Children are either excited, or they are unhappy to give up their freedom the summer provided, or they may be very anxious. Will they be liked? Will they do well in school? Are they scared to leave their families?

Parents find themselves emotional at the thought that their children are closer to their launching into society.

But, what about the many, many adults who look forward to the learning, to the challenge, to the socializing? Some adults are reluctant because they are mandated by their bosses or they need to continue education in their fields.

For me, the idea of school excites me.  Learning excites me. I crave the stimulation it provides. I welcome the interaction of others who are part of the discussion. I look forward to the next class.

The nice part of adult classes is that most of the classes do not require exams. I went back to school to earn a master’s degree in Social Work. (I had already achieved a master’s degree in psychology.) For this master’s degree, I was required to do presentations, exams, research. I must say I did enjoy all of it. For me, it was fun. And, I like challenging myself.

So here am I, at age 75 years old and looking forward to the part of the fall season that offers more education classes. I believe they keep my mind sharp and open to new ideas.

Besides keeping me in the loop of the living, and besides the opportunity to meet other people who like me, enjoy learning – it enlarges my world.

We are so lucky to have so much available to us. I’m sure it contributes to my staying young and vital. I will forever be thankful for the opportunity to continue learning.

There are many ways to accomplish this for yourself. You may not even need to leave your home. So many courses are available on the internet. Local colleges offer adult education classes. Individual small learning facilities offer specific courses such as dancing, crafts, yoga, martial arts.
America is a wonderful place to live, where there are many opportunities to learn and enjoy life.

So, while you usher your children off to their classes, investigate what classes would add to your own life.

You may discover that learning inspires you. You may find yourself more fun and interesting to your friends and partners.

Enliven your life with learning what interests you!

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About Paula Susan

Paula Susan, MSW, LCSW, Masters in Clinical Social Work & Psychology; specialist in Trauma and Relationships since 1982. In 1991, I integrated the powerfully transformative process of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Research demonstrates that it facilitates life-altering changes more efficiently and effectively than talk therapy alone. I teach skills such as communication and anxiety relief to improve connection with others. Over the decades, I’ve come to respect how much damage even small traumatic experiences inflict on our core beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. I consider it a privilege to help my clients understand and change what has undermined their happiness and their relationships. I do it with warmth, integrity, humor, and profound respect for those who care about the quality of this small piece of time we have on

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