When I left for college, I was so excited to be on my own and experience the cultural right of passage that I had grown up hearing and dreaming about. I became quickly disillusioned with what I found there.
History had always been my favorite subject. Now it was unbearably tedious and boring. I even dropped and reenrolled in the same history course three times chalking it up to a bad professor, but they were all boring! In some classes, we were asked to journal or watch heavily biased documentaries. In others, we were just asked to read textbooks and write parrot essays. And nothing seemed relevant to the kind of work I wanted to do.
What was I paying for? What was I there for? This was not the transformative experience I had been expecting. Before my first year was over, I had resolved to just do enough to get my piece of paper, and I put my heart and soul into my full-time job. At work, I was learning, and I saw the results of my effort.
If I were asked to sum up the difference between Praxis and college in as few words as possible I would say, "In Praxis, stuff happens." In college, I felt stuck in a four-year waiting room with no idea what was on the other side of the door. In Praxis, everything I do is tied to a real goal. A goal that will materialize into a tangible job in a few short months.
My website, portfolio projects, and blog are real pieces of content that build skills and demonstrate my abilities. They aren't practice. They aren't pretend. They are real work. Every decision, every action actually matters, and that's what makes it fun. That's what makes it learning. And that's why stuff happens in Praxis.