Richmond, Virginia | Age 17
I stumbled across my first MOOC in my freshman year of high school. Since I have always been fascinated with other international cultures, histories, languages, psychology, and really any humanities/social sciences subject, finding online classes that I could self-study in my free time made my life.
Because my high school is essentially a magnet school for government and international studies, I would never have had the chance to learn about the science of happiness or national security issues. I’m lucky that I’m able to take classes such as Modern Political Theory and Chinese that very few other high schools in the area offer, but edX offers even more opportunities that I can pursue outside of the classroom.
EdX brings together so many different courses from various universities from all over the country on one platform, which means there’s no shortage of interesting classes to take. I am currently focusing on The Science of Happiness from BerkeleyX, Preparing for the AP Environmental Science Exam through RiceX, and Advanced Spanish Language and Culturefrom St. Margaret’s.
I prefer learning online in my own time. It gives me more flexibility to sit down and explore subjects that I’m interested in while juggling schoolwork, extracurriculars, and a normal teenage life, too. The biggest draw to these classes for me was the opportunity to explore subjects either that are not offered at my school or that I just couldn’t fit into my schedule.