The Mysteries Behind Learning: No Degree Needed


I am constantly asked when I’m going to law school or graduate school. Excuse my language, but to grad school it’s a “hell no” & an in due time to law school. I am not in any way telling anyone not to continue their education; I’m simply explaining my take on pursuing a higher education or not on MY behalf. I have found myself to be a little more free minded than most, and because of that I don’t do well with systematic teachings. Therefore, the majority of the time, school makes me feel like I’m in a rat race. An that’s not the learning environment that I want to be in.

However, what you don’t know is, that I am consistently learning day in and day out. I’m an adventurous person, and to be adventurous learning automatically comes with the meal. I told someone who asked me yesterday about grad school that I have learned the most outside of school since I graduated from undergrad. Her eyes widen. I said yes, I have. When something sparks my interest, I research and I study it. Whether it’s on food, books, movies, music, paintings you name it. I have a thing for history so maybe that helps in my interest to learn as well.

Yesterday I took myself out on a dinner and a movie date. It was the best date I’ve ever been on. Sorry to the guys who have previously taken me out before, no pun intended. Lol Anyhow, the movie I went to go see was The Book Thief based on the novel written by Markus Zukav.


I’m not doing a movie review, however I’m going to tie in the movie to show you my reasoning behind the conclusions I brought up above. The movie is a poignant reminder of World War 2, the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi party’s control of Germany. I want to point out that I instantly fell in love with the background music. John Williams, who I later found out, written and composed the music did an amazing job! So, the movie sort of flows as s history timeline during the burning book era and World War II. I have heard of the burning of the books through movies, WWII, Hitler, and the Holocaust during school. Now you tell me what you know? Hitler was a horrible person who enslaved the Jews, World War II was a war, and the burning book times were when they simply burned books. That’s it. Yea, that’s all I knew too. Unless you’re a history, philosophy, or theology major, maybe we didn’t pay attention in school or that was all they taught us. The surface. *shrugs

Because I love books and find so much benefit in them, I had to find out why. That, and because my grandfather’s father is German, so I felt I needed to know more, being that I have family history that runs not too far back.The movie touched on book burning a bit, Hitler, the war, but I had to know more. Here’s what I learned, every book that seemed to be “Un-German” in 1933, was to be burned.


According to Holocaust Encyclopedia, Nazi German authorities strove to synchronize professional and cultural organizations with Nazi ideology and policy (Gleichschaltung). In keeping with this endeavor, Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister for Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda, began an effort to bring German arts and culture in line with Nazi goals. The government purged cultural organizations of Jewish and other officials alleged to be politically suspect or who performed or created art works which Nazi ideologues labeled “degenerate.” Books were burned from well-known authors like, Ernest Hemmingway, August Bebel, Karl Marx, Thomas Mann and others. Yea, it blew my mind too. Just that quick I had learned and felt way more informed (in that area) than any high school diploma and/or bachelor’s degree had given me. Don’t get me wrong, I am very proud of my educational accomplishments and I worked my tail off in obtaining them, but let’s face it. For me, school traps my mind. It tells me to think outside the box, but works hard to keep me trapped inside a box. School isn’t supposed to work against me, but for me. But who am I to judge, they were burning books back in 1933.

Well there you have it, the cats out the bag. I’m not going to grad school and law school may grace my face. Unless I decide that I want to publish my own books (a very high chance), I will pursue a PhD degree. I just don’t feel at the moment that I need that kinda stress in my life. lol So don’t call me a hypocrite when you see me walking across someone stage in the near future. If I’m not mistaken, a PhD degree is necessary for that. RIGHT NOW, as I said before, (excuse me again) grad school is a “hell no” and law school is an in due time kinda ordeal. If you’re a history junkie like me and you love classical piano music, watch this movie–you’ll LOVE it! I must say, I see a lot of myself in the young Liesel, and I find her bravery and courage to be inspiring. This is a film that has reached my top 5 BEST movies to watch of all time.


So I know some of you are asking, “Why did you babble on about The Book Thief, you not wanting to pursue your education, and whatever else you just said?” I gotta address my “real” readers! lol *side eye Here’s why. A fancy degree doesn’t make you smart, and you should never stop learning whether you have one or not. Within the span of a year in half, I’ve learned about finances, I’ve learned about the foods I’m consuming, I’ve perfected the knowledge of how to run a business, and I’ve learned the in’s and outs of the brain. I don’t have a finance degree, a business admin degree, a health dietary, nor a psych degree. But, I guarantee you I can stand in debate and/or conversation upon each. Some of us just aren’t made for school. And if you are that someone who feels school just isn’t for you, its okay. I’m one of them. I do however, believe that there are institutions that allow you to be extremely open-minded and creative in the benefit for people who learn like I do. You’ll just have to break the bank to attend one of those.

Just make sure that you continue to be a permanent student of life. The one study and daily research that I’ve done that has highly benefited me in everything I do is on “myself”. I know more about myself than I’ve ever known since I’ve been born. I guarantee you, there’s no other person in the world worth more than getting to know than yourself. Start learning, continue learning, and never stop learning!

“In my religion we’re taught that every living thing, every leaf, every bird is only alive because it contains the secret word for life.  That’s the only difference between us and a lump of clay.  A word.  Words are life.”

I’m in love with movies that stir the soul.

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Sarah Lee

Welcome! My name is Sarah Lee and I'm a Business Strategist and social entrepreneur who loves the outdoors, a good book, and scary movies year round! Throughout this quirky, rich, and mysterious life of mine, I genuinely love to 'share' my experiences as a learning tool. I thought, what better way to track my level of growth than by sharing my experiences and the lessons learned thereof, than in my blog? A wise woman once said, "You are your own masterpiece, therefore, instead of mastering it, master you."

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