Learning never stops

Continuing education–this is a subject dear to my heart. Just because a student graduates from school or college doesn’t mean his or her learning becomes stagnant. Even for those who are dropouts it is possible to pick up where they left off and earn a GED and even go on to college. I was 42 when I went off to college to study mass communication. I felt very self-conscious about my age, but then I noticed just how much gray hair there was in my classes.

I took my studies seriously and worked hard to earn my degree. I have often told others, “If you want something enough, you’ll find a way.” I did. I’ve told my kids, “No matter what ‘they’ take away from you they can never take away your education, what you know.”

Not all learning is done in the classroom. I have always felt disappointed that some employers aren’t willing to hire someone without a certain degree even though that person has much experience experience in a certain field. Experience is invaluable. I tell the young people I am in contact with, “Learn all you can even if it’s something you don’t want to do. You never know when that knowledge will come in handy.”

As people mature, their likes, dislikes  and interests change. They may want to do something other than their current field of work. Continuing their education is a way to augment their current status. Also for the dropouts, it is possible to get a GED and go on to greater things.

One of my best friends in college did exactly that. When her son wanted to drop out of school, she told him no. He brought up the fact that she had never graduated. She made him a deal. She would take her GED test and if she passed he had to stay in school. She not only got her GED she went on to college. Unfortunately cancer interfered with her plans and she never got to fulfill her dreams. I still miss talking to her. We shared a lot of information and fun.

Anyone who wishes to further their education can, even if it is one small step at a time. A professor at Bucknell University once told me that if you are accepted at a university or college they will help you get the funding. That was about twenty years ago. I don’t know what the situation is these days of tough economic times. All I can say is don’t give up. If you want to learn more, you can find a way.



Who I am and what I do

My name is Ruth Ann Hixson. I live in a village in Central Pennsylvania. I’m a 68-year-old, retired journalist. I write, review books, edit and beta read. My genres of choice are romantic mysteries, romantic western, romantic historical and romantic contemporary. I also review some non-fiction if it is a category I like. I reserve the right to refuse to write a review for poorly written work. I will make suggestions as to how the work can be improved but that is up to the writer. I have only turned down two so far. I find most writers are willing to read my correspondence and correct their writing. Most have a desire to improve. None of us is perfect, me included.

I will beta read stories in the genres I have listed. I will give an author an honest assessment of his/her work and what can be done to imporve it. I have read a few that were just fine the way they were.

When I do an edit I do not charge a fixed fee. However, I would appreciate it if the writer would offer a gratuity. When I edit, I try to keep the author’s own words. It is the writer’s work, not mine. In fact I don’t actually change anything. I mark in red what I feel needs changed and let the writer make the changes.

I look forward to writing about more than myself in future posts.