There are certainly many ways to learn and many stories of successful people who famously did not attend or dropped out of higher education. Yet for my time and money, there is no better path to professional and intellectual growth than immersion into an environment where you are guided by industry experts through an exchange of ideas (learning is a two way conversation) and a review of existing body of knowledge (why try to start from nothing?); and then challenged to improve that body of knowledge (don’t just accept what you are taught, but challenge it as well).
That is why, if asked for advice, I continue to recommend the unique wealth of intellectual challenge and professional networking resources offered by universities.
I write this in celebration of the hooding and graduation ceremonies at the University of Denver (DU) today where I earned the degree of Master of Applied Science.