Monday, August 10, 2009

A Thought for the Day: Education and Writing

Now and again, you'll read that education is good for writers. The idea is that a good liberal arts education gives a person a sort of generalized background in the culture, and hones communications skills.

I agree with that, sort of. Over the decades I earned a degree in History and another in English - both undergraduate - and about half of a degree in computer science before bombing out. Along the way I picked up credits in art history, photography, the usual anthropology/geology/physics/whatever general studies stuff, and a minor in Speech. I think that was time well spent.

But I worked for both degrees in Fargo-Moorhead where there's three colleges, a technical school, and a trade school or two. I spent quite a bit of time in the Architecture library over at NDSU, checked out the agronomy department, and spent a lot of time in the three main libraries.

Sure getting the degrees was nice: but as someone must have said:

I never let earning a degree get in the way of getting an education.

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