Another school semester will soon begin. If you’re in school, are you looking forward to starting classes? If you’re out of school, what do you miss about it — or are you glad those days are over?
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I didn’t know I had “ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” until a few years into working life.
In fact, I didn’t know that it was a disorder until lately.
I’m constantly reading, always self-teaching and doing research on anything and everything that comes across my mind.
Whether by media (what I hear or see), what people around me are talking about or even after self-reflecting.
People would call me “a walking encyclopedia”.
In school, I was one of those (close to none) who wanted to know the theory and reasoning behind a formula.
(Last being in school) I graduated with my degree in 2008, but, I took up Microsoft and Cisco certs between then and now.
Although I loved going to school, up to Polytechnic to get my diploma.
So much so, that I’d rather do schoolwork before doing anything else.
I wasn’t forced by my guardians to get good grades and did not have parents who’d demand an A or being the top of my class or school.
I just… love.. studying.
Although, I’ve got to admit, I’m in the average range.. rarely getting A unless I’m head over heels on that particular subject (or a teacher taunts me).
Maybe because I didn’t have a solid reason to be anywhere at the top.
It was never my dream to be so.
But, I was competitive in other activities which were not in the main curriculum that’ll determine my spot in the next school level, in the arts, music, sports, literature, etc.
I hated it once I entered University.
Only because I hated what I was forced to study => finance.
But, I’d say that I’m constantly learning all the time.
When my work got dull and I knew that there was no way for me to learn and achieve anything, I’d get fidgety.
The last call was one job I was in for a few years and after re-structuring the systems, which eventually led to a monotonous maintenance routine, I turned in my resignation letter and suffered a 2-months notice period.
They wanted to raise my salary, but, I was already into depression mode.
Crying for no reason at random times during and after working hours.
Sure, there was work, but, you know… same old same old.
There was nothing wrong with anything…
The people I worked with were awesome…
The office location was perfect…
There was no problems.
I guess, that was the worse “ADHD attack”.
You don’t necessarily need to be in school to learn.
You can be anywhere at any time and learn first hand from the people around you.
From what is expected of you at that moment.
I’d prefer that over any book.
Things that you learn through your own first-time mistakes are ones that will stick in your head longer and better.
You’d understand the concept instead of blindly memorizing.
In fact, some things that you learn in some real life practical, although in a different context, can be applied in real life on an everyday basis.
What I hate about studying in school is the fact that it’s generalized.
The subjects and topics are mostly broad and would mention as much as they could squeeze in.
Until you do a thesis, project… whatever crap, that you’d be doing a more in-depth research into something (that you might not even like or even ever apply later in life).
Also, I loathe exams that need you to regurgitate every single line and quote of a book.
If it doesn’t question your understanding, I’m sorry… but, that sounds pretty useless to me.
Because in the end, I’d forget it a day after throwing everything out for the papers.
What most people love about school are the activities and friends that they have during those years.
Not much on the learning process.
Forget about studying as a group.
It’ll end up a disaster with everyone eating, laughing and talking about anything but the subjects.
Unless, you’re really studying with another nerd (no offence.. I love nerds.. but you get the jist).