I’m a nerd.

Today MIT highlighted its ‘Professional Education Program’ on its website.  The PEP is basically MIT’s continuing education module, made for people who are pursuing careers (or possibly changing careers) in the sciences.  While some of its offerings aim to be flexible with continuing a full time job, offering online options or one-week intensive programs, most of them are not.  Because as a professional, you can afford to just up and quit your job and spend thousands of dollars on classes at MIT.

Yes, it’s true I am a little bitter about not being in school right now.  I love education, I love learning new things, and being at what seems like a continual turning point in my career only increases the feeling that this love in my life is currently being wasted.  But at the same time, i know it’s something that’s not going to go away.  In even looking at the programs offered, I became intrigued.  I mean, look at this description:  “Project-based introduction to the contemporary city as a complex system within a context of limited resources and competing interests. Learn to assess scenarios for the purpose of formulating social, economic and design strategies that provide optimized solutions that are humane and sustainable. Group projects develop and advocate visions for housing, urban planning, regeneration of natural ecologies and other sectors of the city. During spring break the class visits New Orleans, the focus of Cityscope in 2007.”  How awesome is that?  Or what about this one: “An introduction to bargaining and negotiation in public, business, and legal settings. Combines a “hands-on” skill-building orientation with a look at pertinent social theory. Strategy, communications, ethics, and institutional influences are examined as they influence the ability of actors to analyze problems, negotiate agreements, and resolve disputes in social, organizational, and political circumstances characterized by interdependent interests.”  Or this:  “Examines the evolving structure of cities, the dynamic processes that shape them, and the significance of a city’s history for its future development. Develops the ability to read urban form as an interplay of natural processes and human purposes over time. Field assignments in Boston provide the opportunity to use, develop, and refine these concepts.”   Wow.  How do I get in on that action?  Better yet, how do I make a career out of any of them?

For the moment, I’ll just have to sigh and pine for more education.  But someday, hopefully soon, I’ll be learning my little brain out.

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