Back to School for Grown Ups

I’ll be the first to admit I was not a fan of school.  I hated the structure, the social aspect, and especially the mean teachers.  I encourage any young people reading this to stick it out because you’ll be glad you did… but I am certainly thankful that part of my life is over.  I can now get excited about Fall without the anxiety of classrooms.  The ironic thing is, I actually love to learn.  I have a naturally inquisitive mind, and I really do love studying and researching… I just like to do it on my schedule and involving subjects that interest me (some would call that stubborn, and those people would probably be right).   As adults, we  have the freedom to learn what we want when we want.  So if you’re all grown up but want to go back to school without actually having to go back, here are some ideas to get you started…


I took Spanish in High School but it never really took.  I’ve actually been trying to learn French lately to give me a reason to visit Paris and test it out.  Rosetta Stone is out of my price range, but I have a Nintendo DS with a My French Coach game, and I’ve also played around with the app Duolingo (which I hear is free and just as good as Rosetta Stone).

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Physical Education

The dreaded gym class!  You no longer have to play dodgeball, you can pick any exercise you want.  Just get your sneakers on and go for it.  For you bloggers, here are some fitness ideas just for you. 

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English Literature

I was notorious for not reading my required reading.  I just can’t focus when I’m not interested.  But now that I’m older, I have a much greater appreciation for great literature. So pick up a classic and some tea and enjoy…. if reading isn’t your thing, then in this case it’s perfectly okay to watch the movie (I won’t tell).

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Social Studies

Are you interested in human interaction or a society other than your own/  Why not read about it!  I’m fascinated my French culture (see above), so I take any opportunity to read a book about being French… or I relax with some popcorn and watch Midnight in Paris.

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For someone like me who adores the styles, fashion, stars, and movies of the past, it amazes me that I could barely pass History class.  That’s because I always had to learn the aspects of History that school wanted to teach.   Now I get to study what I want, so Old Hollywood Starlet autobiographies it is!

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The possibilities are endless.  What have you always wanted to study?

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9 Comments on Back to School for Grown Ups

  1. Mikayla
    August 26, 2015 at 9:27 am (8 years ago)

    I’m not really keen with Spanish either! I love using Duolingo! It really does help!

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

    • Sarah Blodgett
      August 31, 2015 at 9:53 am (8 years ago)

      I need to stay consistent with it, I only do it sporadically 🙂

    • Sarah Blodgett
      August 31, 2015 at 9:54 am (8 years ago)

      I hear ya!! Being an adult is way better 🙂

  2. Biana Perez
    August 26, 2015 at 10:18 am (8 years ago)

    We’re on the same wave length today – I need to get those paper clips so cute!! xo, biana –BlovedBoston

    • Sarah Blodgett
      August 31, 2015 at 9:54 am (8 years ago)

      Haha, great minds 🙂

  3. Feet Meet World
    August 26, 2015 at 12:33 pm (8 years ago)

    What a great idea for a post. Working in a school, I hope I try to make it a little less horrible for those who don’t like it!

    • Sarah Blodgett
      August 31, 2015 at 9:54 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks! We need more people who think like you 🙂

  4. Trena
    September 1, 2015 at 3:05 pm (8 years ago)

    You sound like some many kids “stuck” in school. Homeschooling probably would have suited you much better. You could have followed “delight directed” learning and gained the knowledge you wanted. Thanks for linking up with #What to Read Wednesday. Hope you join us again next week!