Personal Note On Self Learning Essay

1701 Words Nov 21st, 2016 7 Pages
I felt a little awkward playing this gig. There I was, a white teenager, playing bass with a band of professional black jazz musicians. Needless to say, I stood out a bit. Afterward, the drummer approached me, curious to know who my teacher was because he was impressed with my ability. The compliment surprised me, but I shocked him more so by informing him that I was completely self-taught! Throughout my life, self-learning has played an important role in a variety of areas. I was nine when my dad gave me an old pocket computer. The machine fascinated me, and, with the help of a textbook, I began writing my first programs shortly thereafter. As my programs grew in complexity, so did my reliance on outside resources for debugging. After receiving extensive assistance from Google, I realized that virtually unlimited knowledge lay available for anyone possessing the necessary time, motivation, and Internet connection. With this in mind, I began to educate myself on anything and everything that interested me, from guitar to math to archery; it truly seemed like the sky was the limit. Since then, I’ve never stopped teaching myself new skills and improving old ones, but I never truly appreciated the ability to self-learn until my first internship. There, I quickly came to the realization that I lacked much of the necessary knowledge to effectively work in the area I had chosen to research. Some fellow interns experienced the same dilemma and switched projects as a…

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