Something To Think About: Alexandra Kosteniuk

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By themouner (Plume) [CC BY 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Studying is something I really love doing, and I just hope to have enough money for tuition.
–Alexandra Kosteniuk

Just remember. Even if the money runs out for tuition, your local library is there for to continue your studies.


Something To Think About: Henry Petroski

Imminent Hard Disk Failure
By not important (Crop of a photo of a screen) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

When something succeeds, we learn little more from it than that it did succeed. When something fails, however, we are driven to try to understand why it failed. This leads us to investigate and study the failure until we get to the heart of the matter. The knowledge gained by studying failure enables us to design more successfully the next time.
–Henry Petroski

What have you learned from failure?

Something To Think About: Eric Lefkofsky

Study Group
By Tbuckley89 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Studying doesn’t have to happen in a silo. It can be a social experience. You can engage with your friends and family to find out the answer to a tough question or have someone explain it to you. You can also study anywhere you happen to be and on any device.
–Eric Lefkofsky

As you move through the Summer I session, keep Lefkofsky’s advice in mind. Don’t isolate yourself, Let your learning spread throughout your friends and family.

Something To Think About: Sandra Cisneros

Thorma Daydreaming in the Fields
János Thorma [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I was a terrible student. Still, I managed to get into college, but my daydreaming threatened to sabotage me. I used behavior modification to break the cycle. I started by setting an arbitrary time limit on studying: for every 15 minutes of study, I’d allow myself an hour of daydreaming. I set the alarm.
–Sandra Cisneros

For Cisneros, her reward for studying was an hour of daydreaming. How do you reward yourself after time spent hitting the books?

Something To Think About: Wynton Marsalis

Simon Glücklich Hausaufgabe
Simon Glücklich [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I believed in studying just because I knew education was a privilege. It was the discipline of study, to get into the habit of doing something that you don’t want to do.
–Wynton Marsalis

We all know that attending school is a privilege that is denied to many, that we should be thankful that we have the opportunity to learn and grow. Why, then, is it so difficult to develop the discipline to study?