The art of coping with boredom

UK“University is where students discover the excitement of learning and the ability to cope with boredom. While being bored at school derives from a monotonous timetable of subjects and activities, at university it’s about tackling just one or two subjects day after day, for at least three years. In fact, the higher you move up the educational ladder, the higher your boredom threshold has to become. Sign up for a master’s and you’ll spend a year on just one aspect of your undergraduate degree; take a PhD and it’ll be about four years on an aspect of a topic of the subject of your degree. This is not to deny that university offers many thrilling opportunities. But it does emphasise autonomous learning, which means you have to make your own fun …” (more)

[Harriet Swain, Guardian, 2 June]


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