When I graduated from college, I wasn’t done with learning. It probably came as a surprise to everyone (especially the Mothership) that I had learned to love school, but I totally did. And continuing my education with online courses has been great for these past eight months. Here’s how you can get involved.


Some of my class notes from Orgo

1. Choose a system. There are a number of websites out there that offer online classes, and you really need to find one that is right for you. Here are a couple:

    • Udacity: Classes you can take on your own time, completing assignments when it works for you
    • Coursera: Many classes from accredited schools that are offered during specific time periods of five to 15 weeks
    • MIT Open Courseware: Lets you search classes by material available, like video lectures, an online textbook, and student work

2. Find some courses that interest you. Coursera lets your search by topic, and Udacity by level of experience. However, the courses offered cover a broad range of topics. I’m mostly taking science classes, like organic chemistry and neuroscience, but I’m adding in some basic programming and taking a songwriting class just for fun!


I take my classes super seriously, down to color coding my notes, just like I did in college

3. Dedicate your time when you can. This is the best part about online classes, for sure. You only have to take as many as you can handle – from one fun course in your spare time to a full courseload, like I’ll be doing at the end of this month. In addition, you can take the classes just for fun. There is no consequence to not completing the work and quizzes. If you just want to listen to the lectures, feel free!

4. Add to your resume. I put all of my Coursera classes on my resume, whether completed or in progress. Not only does this show that I haven’t just been sitting home twiddling my thumbs since I’ve graduated, but it also tells future employers or graduate schools that I can work independently and complete something I put my mind to.

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