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On why I quit university (again)

I had a moment of clarity last week at the IA Summit. One moment I was studying a Master of Human Factors, the next I wasn’t.

This is the second Masters degree I haven’t finished. The first was a Master of Internet Communication – I completed 2/3 (with top marks right through) before I realised I had spent a whole lot of money on not learning much (the link goes to the new program, which is much stronger than the old).

Second time round and I spent more money and at least learned a little more. But the moment of clarity came when I was thinking about what I was going to do when I got back from Summit. The presentations and discussions had given me loads of interesting things to follow up. I was thinking about what to do, and realised that it would be tricky as I had assignments to complete. Then I realised that was backward – I was sacrificing things I am passionately interested in for writing a assignments on things I already know. Duh!

I also realised that I don’t need the qualification. I’m experienced at what I do and my clients and peers think I’m pretty good at it. I have no problems getting work. I’m very self-motivated and can book learn easily (I should also mention that my study was all remote, so I am not going to miss the face-to-face that, for some programs, would be the benefit). A qualification will add little to my life.

So I’m free and unqualified. But look at some of what I just ordered (for a fraction of the cost of a semester):

There’s no program that covers such an odd mixture…

So hopefully I’ll dust off MaadBooks and review some of these as I go.

4 Responses to “On why I quit university (again)”

  1. Todd Says:

    If I may suggest, since you’ve put off Understanding Comics jump into that one first. It’s enormously rewarding.

  2. Ben Kraal Says:

    I’ll echo Todd and say that Understanding Comics is just awesome.

    If there’s not a course that covers that list, there should be.

    Have you ever read “A Pattern Language”, by Alexander?

  3. Donna Maurer Says:

    Todd – will do.

    Ben – I want to read ‘A Pattern Language’ and have read pieces of it, but every time I go to buy it the price frightens me off.

  4. Guy Sangwine Says:

    oh well Donna, we’ll miss you.

    Perhaps you’ll teach the third Masters….

    Good luck with the reading.