It just dawned on me that I have been posting about teachers and teaching recently – which means I must have eduction on my mind. Perhaps it is because I will graduate tomorrow with a Masters of Arts in Teaching – an MAT. This has been a personal goal of mine, but I am not sure I fully appreciated the value and friendships I would find in the program. Many of my thoughts on education have changed over the past 14 months; my exposure to worlds beyond my own have proved invaluable; the important role I have modeled for my own children of being a life-long learner; and the insight gained on issues that had not before affected me. I went back to school to learn how to teach (or perhaps to improve my teaching skills), but what I really gained was the knowledge of how to learn – and the importance of learning.

It is much different to be a student at 36 than it is at 16. I read more, studied to learn – not just to pass a test, and I wrote pages and pages of papers for enjoyment, not solely for requirement. I am lucky to have found a subject that inspires and excites me. I wish that for everyone.

I am not sure down what path this degree will take me. But I do know that there is a cohort of MAT@USC students out there who will make a difference in their communities. I too strive for that, in whatever form at whatever place, at whatever time is right. My journey continues…