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Speed is Life
05-12-2013, 06:40 AM
Many young Warriors are graduating this month, how about telling your story? Academic skills are essential to living the good life. The ability to think, organize your thoughts, write, speak in public and apply your knowledge and training to earning a living is a critical skill.

michael
05-12-2013, 07:05 AM
Great idea for a thread Speedy, and congrats to your son! Education is so important in today's environment, especially learning critical thinking skills.

bdcbbq
05-12-2013, 07:15 AM
especially learning critical thinking skills.

And being able to communicate them orally and in writing.

Congratulations to all of the graduates and their parents.

BeardedPelican
05-12-2013, 09:40 AM
I graduated on the 4th of May this year with my Bachelor's in Bible and Theology, and now I'm looking to go for a masters, it's definitely a relief to have the first 4 years out of the way!

michael
05-12-2013, 06:30 PM
My son just finished his freshman year at college, and has noticed a definite difference between his college and major, and some of his high school friends. He is learning to think. Others are memorizing data. We believe there will be a difference long term.

Exactly. A monkey can memorize, but it takes brains and intellect to examine, deduce, and apply the knowledge learned.


And being able to communicate them orally and in writing.



Yes indeed. Writing well has been one of the most important things I learned, both in high school and college.

I graduated on the 4th of May this year with my Bachelor's in Bible and Theology, and now I'm looking to go for a masters, it's definitely a relief to have the first 4 years out of the way!

Congrats!

Rambotito
05-12-2013, 08:24 PM
I just went to my graduation ceremony for a MS in engineering this evening. This degree and an MBA will be awarded in August (once I defend a thesis).

bae
05-12-2013, 08:27 PM
I'm an Old Guy, but my graduation from the Fire Academy is Tuesday, at long last :-) My dear Mom spent part of Mother's Day hemming my uniform pants, bless her heart.

michael
05-13-2013, 06:12 PM
I'm an Old Guy, but my graduation from the Fire Academy is Tuesday, at long last :-) My dear Mom spent part of Mother's Day hemming my uniform pants, bless her heart.

There is much to be proud of there, congrats!!

Wiseguy04
05-13-2013, 08:54 PM
Two classes away from completing my MBA this fall. Started when I was on my first deployment, and having been trudging through slowly. Online classes are difficult on the ship and during detachments, but it's well worth it in the end. I highly recommend it to any warrior with the opportunity.

As has been said before:
A nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools.

-Thucydides

Wiseguy04
05-13-2013, 09:02 PM
I can't emphasize doing this with you kids enough. I actually got the idea while attending TOPGUN, where the instructors were the best lecturers I had, and still have ever seen. My kids ended up loving giving speeches and presentations, which as all of you know, is an essential skill for anyone desiring an interesting career.

We started by giving them a subject to speak about, maybe even handing them a toy to describe, then letting them say three things about it after an introduction. They ended with a summary. No criticism of contempt, just get them standing and thinking on their feet and make it enjoyable for them. Comfort in speaking, get rid of the "ums amd uhs" early, teach them, how to handle mistakes by making it low key and make them understand mistakes are normal.

Big payoff for those who communicate well.

Ahhh yes... I remember many new section leads trying to get rid of the "uhs and umms" in their first briefs. Very entertaining to watch someone learn at first :lmao:, but a necessary skill to have if you want to be taken seriously in front of a group of people.

Rambotito
05-14-2013, 12:47 AM
Two classes away from completing my MBA this fall. Started when I was on my first deployment, and having been trudging through slowly. Online classes are difficult on the ship and during detachments, but it's well worth it in the end. I highly recommend it to any warrior with the opportunity.

As has been said before:
“A nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools.”

-Thucydides

Congrats! I concur about pursuing an MBA - it opens up opportunities quite a few opportunities.

Jack Rumbaugh
05-14-2013, 05:11 AM
I know there are quite a few well seasoned warriors that are completing academic programs. I finished my BS in December. Don has gone back. Michael finished he degree a year or so back. I guess you may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks but he can rock a final exam and completely screw up the curve. :piratearr:

michael
05-14-2013, 07:07 PM
I know there are quite a few well seasoned warriors that are completing academic programs. I finished my BS in December. Don has gone back. Michael finished he degree a year or so back. I guess you may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks but he can rock a final exam and completely screw up the curve. :piratearr:

Amen! I was a much better student the second time around. Of course, not having the coed distraction I had the first time around since I completed my degree online helped. The online was definitely harder though, no doubt about that. (University of TN the first time, Liberty University the second).