Views from Supporters
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"I have used the site as a way to prep myself for courses that I will take as a returning student. The site helped me learn how to work taking a class online and gauge my time and efforts.
I am 50+ and returned to college in Fall 2010 as a student. The year before I stumbled upon MIT OCW site. I was in heaven. I had been wanting to return to school but couldn't get the nerve.
The site gave me a chance to take and look at what was now being studied in universities. It was incredible; the subjects and the freedom of choice was what I wanted back when I attended college over 30 years ago. Back then you had to take everything in a certain order. You couldn't take most subjects that would be part of your major until your third year of study. By that time everyone was killing themselves trying to get the same class.
I dropped out long before reaching my major and pretty much wasted all the time spent taking required courses. With OCW at MIT; I got myself energized and at present I am a part-time student at a local community college and have a grade point average of 2.75. Not too bad for someone that hasn't been in college for over 30 years. I tell friends that haven't finished college about the site as a way of just learning and opening yourself to the idea of studying again.
I couldn't take classes this semester due to health issues and the many of the online courses had been cancelled. So to keep myself fresh I'm taking a look at the classes that most closely match my degree and do those – it will give me a leg up on next semester and knowledge is something that once you obtain no one can take from you. Thank you for being there – you are a blessing for anyone that has a thirst for knowledge."
-Andrea, Independent Learner, USA
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