Part 2* of an earlier post.
I’m still go over the question, “what is the true value of a college degree these days?”
Even though I’m accruing student debt and even though there are 1 million and 1 other things I could be doing, I do think this is a great place to be at right now because I am learning a lot. But more importantly this major feels really valid, because I am shifting my paradigm and the way I look at the world. This degree is opening my awareness to understanding how I want my future to be and how it COULD be. And on the practical side, it is a fantastic way to network! I am linked up with all of these great Sustainable Living projects all over the US and world because of my link to the SL department at MUM.
I think that this degree is like a hero’s journey, a valuable journey to go through to get ready for the world, for the rest of my life. I have no doubt that one day the classes in the SL department will be the foundation of ALL classes in schools. (if indeed there are schools and classes, and I think it could go either way).
Once I come back to the deep knowledge of: “Where I am is where ‘it’ is at.” coupled with knowing that I always have a choice and I am presently choosing THIS, I feel calm about being here at MUM, because it’s a great place to be metamorphosizing my ideas about the world.
To put this into metaphor: IF everyone has impaired vision before college, and college is where we go to buy our glasses, and the glasses give us the lens we’ll see all the world through until we choose to discard them and try on another pair, then the SL degree at MUM is where people go for the really cutting edge glasses. And these glasses aren’t just made by the manufacturer, the beauty of these is how many people help to make them: the whole community of people, animals, plants, elements, etc.
My feelings about the people here have stayed the same. MUM has, and continues to, attract the most amazing people to it. My relationships with the students here just keep getting better and better, in their levels of depth or in new-found friendships.
My feelings about the school itself vary. I initially thought MUM was going to be a perfect 3-4 year college experience, but with time and experience I have been thinking a lot about what my other options are. I will never belittle the importance of my time at MUM, because it is most definitely EXACTLY what I need right now to get clear on the next step/next phase of my life.
One huge opportunity MUM offers (at least for me) is to step out of the scholastic paradigm of “being told what to do.” Because we have a regular 4 hours of school a day,
there is time to independently pursue things on your own, or with peers. In the end we are the only motivator in our lives. I have always loved receiving assignments from teachers; I like being pushed to explore new ideas and new levels of academia. However, I am reaching the point now where I realize that internalizing the creativity of my teachers’ and making it my own: being my own assigner and motivator is what is most valuable for me in the long run.
Also, I have been diving more into the Sustainable Living Department (SL), which is a huge passion of mine. Between taking a class in Horticulture and taking the Permaculture Design Course I was hooked.
Ultimately all the principles of Sustainability are pertinent: community reliance, following your passion, long term thinking, communication, speaking your truth, seeing all the cooperation in the world versus just competition, holistic thinking, and having a BIGGER awareness of the beautiful web we live in.
GO SUSTAINABILITY!!!! WOOHOO. We might as well get excited about the future, cause we are in it.