Informal & Formal Education
Both my formal and informal education have taught me equally as much, but my informal education has had more of an impact on me. I felt as if almost my first two years of formal education were wasted - while I loved taking part in theatre, my heart wasn't completely in it. I spent a lot of that time searching, studying, and practicing other things that I had a passion for (aka my informal education). After my first two years at UCF, I decided to change my major. I explored different areas and took classes in art, mass communications, hospitality, journalism, and creative writing which ultimately brought me to becoming an Interdisciplinary Studies major. In the midst of all of that, though, I was able to take the time and discover what I really wanted to do – unintentionally, oddly enough. This is where practically all of my informal education comes in. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching myself what I wanted to learn, on my own time, in my own way. It was easy for me to learn informally me because I was not under the pressure or stress of anyone else but myself. This was an odd sense of relief and motivation for me. My informal education has taught me so much more about myself. I have had to push and challenge myself in all different areas. It has truly been an experience for me, and I plan on using all of my informal education towards my future career. Fortunately, now, I am taking more classes that I am interested in, and compliment what I have already taught myself and experienced.