I am a self directed world learner. I choose what I study, when I study it and how. This approach to learning has equipped me with particular experiences, attitudes and skills.
My education has unquestionably shaped my approach to learning and life. I know that I am responsible for my education. If I decide to do nothing all month I have hurt my future. Being self responsible means that I set goals and work for them, knowing that even if my activities are unpleasant in the short term, that they are worth doing. Being a self directed world learner has fostered self discipline, long term thinking, goal setting, and a sense of power around my life. This is my life. No one else lives it. I am the only one who lives with the consequences of all of my actions for my whole life. Therefore I am uniquely qualified to make decisions about my life.
With the responsibility for my education comes no heaviness. I feel a great enthusiasm for learning. The world is rich with information. I just wish there was more time to learn! I do not have set times for school work or holidays, learning is my life. The time and type of activity I am engaged in changes frequently, but all times are equally fit to be learning times.
The freedom of my approach to learning has also allowed me to gather my education from many different sources and in many different ways. I have taken English classes at the local high school, studied math with a CDROM, felt the power of Van Gogh in a Dutch museum, seen the workings of a biological waste water treatment system in Scotland, read about the horrors of the holocaust, studied astrophysics with my father, gathered quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson from the web... Not being tied to a predetermined schedule or curriculum I have been able to take advantage of many diverse learning opportunities available to me.
In short, self directed world learning as allowed me to be an open, independent, impassioned participator in life.