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This week is self-university week (Sept. 1-Sept.7). Charles D. Hayes says, “Self-education takes place when the learner perceives a need.” As with any university there is a tuition price and Hays says that the price is paid with the desire to learn.
Self-education can happen in many ways. Some things include, reading books, watching something educational on TV, talking to a wise person, and making mistakes and learning from them.
Self-education can have benefits besides the less expensive tuition bill. According to an article written by Thomas S. Monson in the November 2007 issue of the Ensign, entitled Three Goals to Guide You, “Your talents will expand as you study and learn. You will be able to better assist your families in their learning, and you will have peace of mind in knowing that you have prepared yourself for the eventualities that you may encounter in life”.
According to the 2008-2009 Speeches from Brigham Young University, entitled, The Journey of Lifelong Learning, “Lifelong learning is essential to the vitality of the human mind, body, and soul. It enhances self-worth and self-actuation. Lifelong learning is invigorating mentally and is a great defense against aging, depression, and self-doubt.
So celebrate the week by learning something new.