Like many of you, when I started to apply for this program I came across with many ideas. I realize that the postgraduate education is a demand of the time. That moment I began analyzing how I will leave my beloved family, habitual live style and job, too. Of course, I wanted to enhance myself professionally and personally for better life As, Alvin Toffler, American writer and futurist noted that “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn” (n.d.). Consequently, I joined this community to learn new things and upgrade the past knowledge. So, there will be briefly displayed the benefits of lifelong learning in every human being’s life.
Internal senses of curiosity join people to be lifelong learners, and there are huge examples of famous lifelong learners who could find their worthy callings through it. For example, Abraham Lincoln, before he was elected as the 16th president of the United States, he was a self-educated lawyer who constantly read books carefully until he could completely understand the contexts, Though, he had formal schooling less than a year (Online College org., n.d.). Second great lifelong learner was George Bernard Show, who intensively educated himself through reading, debating and lecturing throughout his life; as a result he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1925 (ibid.,n.d.). And the last well-known lifelong learner who inspired us with his continuous tenacity to experiment was Alexander Graham Bell, an inventor of the telephone and the telegraph who was self-taught and he attended some lectures in college in his life (ibid ., n.d.). Also, human brain benefits from lifelong learning process. Because the brain constantly changes when we acquire new things actively or passively; if human-beings acknowledge lifelong learning and use it ‘the brain aging may be reversible’ (Guglielman, 2012). Thus, in both cases we noticed benefits of lifelong learning process and how lifelong learning occurs in all levels of people’s lives.
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