Continuing the discussion from ARTH101: Activities & Discussion, I was skimming through the Art History thread when I came across this post:
I don’t live in Paris (and I’m jealous!), but living in a major US metropolitan area where there is a lot of culture and art has inspired me to know more about it in different contexts.
I have been interested in computers and programming since my family owned a Commodore 64 when I was in kindergarten. I programmed little games on my own, and I even took a programming course in elementary school, but I did not catch on to concepts as quickly as the other students, in part because I was not allowed to take notes (they were seen as a crutch at the time, for whatever silly reason). I also got the impression from my male peers that math, science, and computers were for boys. This was disappointing to me as when I was in elementary school, I wanted to be like Sally Ride and go into space. She was a physicist, but for some reason I take comfort in the fact that her major, like mine, was in English. I like physics but I find programming more fun and accessible. Plus, these days, you need to be able to program to go into a lot of different fields.
I was wondering how something in other people’s environment, such as school, current events, peers, etc. inspired them to pursue educational interests at Saylor or other places.