When I was on school, like every other kid, I wanted to be EVERYTHING! Then when I got to high school, I was told to start seriously focusing on my life goals and what I want to become when I leave. Well honestly, at the time, my only life goal was to leave. And be a veterinarian. I really wanted to be a vet. Long story short, I ended up achieving at least one thing – I passed my matric and I left.
Although I didn’t throw myself into my books and become Dr. Dolittle after leaving school, there is absolutely nothing stopping me from still achieving this goal 13 years later. Not money. not circumstance. With technology and the internet so freely available, there’s nothing keeping anyone from further learning.
As it turns out I no longer have the desire to become a vet, though I still do absolutely adore my furry friends. In fact I think I may have accidentally and unknowingly adopted our neighbours’ cats part time. Meaning, they only cry for me from outside our front door when they feel like having a bowl of milk. Which is at least once a day, at most twice. I like knowing I make a difference to their day.
I am however pleased to share with you that I’ve finally taken the plunge to get my communications degree. I have three babies and a full time job, but not even these are good enough reasons to stop me from going for what I want. The way I see it, these are exactly the reasons WHY I have to work hard towards achieving my goals; because it teaches my kids to work towards theirs. We give up. They give up.
So, while on my journey rediscovering my potential before I finally decided to take this leap, I bussied myself with an array of online short courses. Most of them completely free. These seemingly small steps ultimately built up my confidence and through the meaningful lectures and interactions with mentors and fellow students from around the world, encouraged me to jump.
Instead of losing myself completely to the demands of parenting and forgetting about my goals, I chose to continue to work on myself and keep my dreams alive. Even though it absolutely became impossible to focus on anything else but make sure the little ones were fed, cleaned, entertained and everything else inbetween; I knew in my heart of hearts there will come a day I will need to regain the reigns on my own life.
I wish to inspire everyone (young and old) reading this post, who feel as though their time for greatness has passed – especially moms. Your time is now!
We don’t always have the time available to brush up on skills that’s been gathering dust for years or to learn new skills or get a bachelor’s. But if we are willing to make the time, then we have run out of excuses.
Listed below are just a few of the reputable, recognized and some free programs offering online courses that’s helped me on my way and taught me lessons that can never be unlearned.
An education company started in 2012 working with the top Universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.
There are 49 to choose from, all free and all run over four weeks. Everything you need to complete the course, including videos, further readings, assessments, quizzes, transcripts and your classmates are accessed in a single, easy-to-use online classroom.
This free online learning management system allows anyone – teachers, clubs, managers, even like-minded friends – to create a group of learners and guide them as they complete any of our 750+ free courses.
Khan’s also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.
In 2008, Richard Ludlow, Chris Bruner, and Liam Pisano, founded Academic Earth with the mission of giving everyone on earth access to a world-class education. Academic Earth has partnered with Harvard, Cornell, Berklee, Princeton and MIT along with other many well respected universities.
(Accredited diplomas and degrees may require a small fee for some or all the above institutions)