2015: A New Educational Challenge: Q1

As we head into a new year, it’s time for another quarterly challenge. This time, it’s going to be primarily College based, as I have recently had a lot of struggles with my college classes.

It seems that I have been too lax about being a college student, and my laxity has led to education dropping on my value list.

I will not let this happen in 2015, and that is why I’ve got some revitalization in mind for this quarter.

3 College Courses

In line with my goal of finishing my college degree in 2016, I’ll be taking more classes. First, I will be retaking Principles of Marketing. I will take the UExcel Examination, rather than the Saylor exam. I’m aiming to get an A on the exam, which is in stark contrast to the D+ that I received last semester. I will not accept this kind of poor academic performance from myself.

Also, I will be taking an Introduction to Business Law exam at Excelsior. This will be a very new topic, as I’ve never taken any sort of law course before. Just rented my textbook, and I look forward to diving in!

Finally, I’ve got my humanities course: The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union. This is an upper level course, and I’ve ordered 5 different books from Amazon that I’ll be studying. It’s a bit different than the classes I normally take, and I look forward to the challenge. Here is a link for more info on the DSST exam that I’ll be taking:

DSST Exam – The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union

My goal is to get an A on all 3 exams.

Speed Reading

Speed Reading is a skill that I’ve been bouncing around in my head for a while. I’ve been a particularly slow reader throughout my life. Or rather, I’ve been a particularly slow learner throughout my life. I’m more of a tortoise than a hare, but I do recognize that the virtues of the hare can be mixed with that of the tortoise. You get the best of both worlds!

I’ll be spending 30 minutes a day taking the Breakthrough Rapid Reading Course. Not bad for about $12. I’ve taken this course before, but my will ran out after about 10 days. I began seeing progress, though, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact that this reading course has on my life when I sustain it over 3 months. From there, I will re-assess.

Closing Words

2014, in general, was the most trying year of my academic career. I started out with great intensity in the first quarter, studying Microeconomics and Financial Accounting and submitting exams for college credit. I did alright in the first quarter, then I started struggling in April. What happened was a complete focus on my academics at the cost of sleep and health. I would routinely get my 8 hours of sleep, as typically instructed by society. However, the sleep hours of 2 AM – 10 AM are quite different from 11 PM – 7 AM. The former was completely destructive. I will sleep in a healthier pattern this year, and not neglect to cook meals for myself and my family this year.

The balance of life, work, academics, is quite a challenge. I am humbled every single time I attempt to do something worthwhile in my life. I have fallen down many times, yet I will continue my journey. When I do succeed, I will be all the better for it.

Thanks for sticking it out with me through the tougher times. Many good things to come in 2015!

2 Comments

  1. lynn fux December 31, 2014 at 11:42 pm #

    Josh,I just hope you give your life appreciation not just for all your amazing works but also just trying,falling ,failing and beginning again.You are a winner in the biggest and best sennse of that word and I admire you so much. You will have a wonderful year ,With love,awe and respect,Lynn

    • Josh Lipovetsky January 1, 2015 at 5:54 pm #

      Thank you for your wonderful words, Lynn. May you have an amazing year in 2015 😀

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