Ever since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to be a writer and a journalist!
That meant, if I survived high school, university was the goal.
My career path since achieving that goal would take me back to uni many times - in an educational and professional sense - including two years on the CQUni Council and, now on the uni's local Regional Engagement Committee.
But it's not just my undergraduate degree or my Masters; it's the hours I have spent in short courses, industry training, professional development, reading, listening to people who know what they're on about... it all adds up.
I was recently engaged as a writer by a national early education provider. It was enriching to see the acute focus placed on our children being nurtured and encouraged into a journey of lifelong learning and empowerment. That's where it starts!
Knowledge is not just power. And it's certainly not just a piece of paper! It's understanding. It's empathy. It's wanting to know more and do more to contribute.
An open mind, the capacity for empathy and just living and let living, are all measures of 'education'; so too the ability to listen and engage in respectful debate. And formal learning only goes so far - and only ticks certain boxes.
Whatever your level and nature of education, it's what you've gained along the way. The how and institution are not that important. Uni can't teach you real life experience.
The point is: Any opportunity for education, learning and growth - in whatever form - has to be cherished! It's what makes us better.
Professing ignorance in order to learn is always way better than embracing and celebrating it.
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