Coursera.org – A Really Cool Website for Those Who Love to Learn

Remember when you were in undergrad and there were always those one or two really interesting sounding classes that you wanted to take but couldn’t fit into your schedule? Or perhaps you have been out of school for a while and want a refresher on some subjects. Well here’s your chance. Introducing Coursera.org.

I was perusing my Twitter feed a few weeks ago when one of my friends tweeted that she had just signed up for a free finance class on a website. I clicked through to the website and saw that not only were they offering finance, but they were also offering other cool classes like Cryptography, Intro to Pharmacology, and my personal favorite, Intro to Sustainability, among many others. 

The best thing about this site is that the classes are offered through really amazing colleges and universities including Harvard. The classes are interactive and have assignments and even final exams in some cases! I see huge potential in this being a great tool for high school students to use to determine what their career interests are and to get acclimated to the academic rigor of college.

 I signed up for the finance class but I definitely plan on signing up for more once my schedule allows me to. I was really inspired as I read through the course listing. It is admirable that these schools are offering access to these courses for free! The philosophy and management courses look particularly interesting to me.  I am so glad that my friend recommended this website and I knew that I had to pay it forward and share it as well. I’ll keep you posted on my Coursera experience as I go through the course.

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Round Two

My computer died last night. My electronics are all staging a revolt against me! My battery and charger are both completely fried. I am waiting on replacement parts in the mail. If I can get at least another year out of that computer, I will purchase a MacBook in Fall 2013.  In the meantime, I will see if my old computer from undergrad still works. If not, I will resume posting next week  -___-

When It Rains, It Pours

So many things have happened in the past five days, but I have not had the opportunity to sit down and upload my pictures and write some blogs. I have attended one great concert, reunited with several of my friends from college, and took a trip to Kentucky. One major thing that happened was that ALL of my electronics decided to have meltdowns. It is funny that just a few days ago I blogged about my friend’s phone going on the fritz, and I remember thinking how grateful I was that I have never had a single problem with my phone since the day I got it.   What a difference 72 hours makes!

On July 5th, I was headed to a Coldplay concert (which I will talk about in my next blog post) and I noticed that my phone was losing its charge more quickly than it normally does. I can usually go a good 2 days without having to recharge my phone at all.  When I got back from the concert, my phone was at 1 bar. I plugged it into the charger and nothing happened. I eventually figured out that if I held the charging cord at a 45-degree angle, my phone would begin to charge. I got creative with some tape and luckily, my phone was able to charge all night.

The next day I was headed to Kentucky (I will blog on this too, soon), and I was glad that I could travel with a fully charged phone.  By the time I got back from Kentucky, my phone was again at one bar, but now, no matter what I tried, the phone would not charge. All of my pictures, my contacts, and my notes were lost forever 😦

I headed to my phone carrier’s store to get a new phone. Luckily they were able to salvage all of my contacts, but they weren’t able to recover my pictures. I ended up getting the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate. It is a smartphone. I like it, I guess, but I am not technologically savvy at all. I didn’t get an IPod until about a year ago.  I don’t really care about having a flashy phone. As long as I can text and call people, I am good.   Maybe I will do a review on it one day if any of you are considering buying this phone.

In addition to my phone deciding to malfunction, my computer (Dell Inspiron) will no longer hold a charge and has random blackouts, even when it is plugged in, and my camera (Canon SD600) is now acting funny and is no longer taking quality pictures.  I have had my computer for 3 years and my camera for nearly six years. I don’t know if there is some kind of atmospheric phenomenon going on that is causing all of my electronics to go crazy, if my apartment got hit by lightening, or if it is just time for me to stop being cheap and do some much needed upgrades (It is most likely the latter. Thank you, Universe, for your “gentle” reminder.)

I guess I am in the market for a new laptop and a new digital camera. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

-Sylvia