Some say there is no such thing as a free lunch, but you remember school lunches? I never paid for those! I simply gave the lunch lady my name or lunch card. Ah, those were the days, when lunch was free and homework short.

Now that I am older I find that classes require more of my time and I now pay for just about every meal I eat. I guess it’s not as bad as I made it sound. It’s good to be responsible and pay my own way. At first it was hard to learn, but I am getting the hang of it. Not totally there yet, but close!

In addition to the those changes, I’ve noticdd some other ones, namely that thing called the internet. I remember the initial days of the internet and digging through university folder via GOPHER to find lyrics to Pearl Jam songs. Ah, those were the days not knowing what each click would bring. It was always a surprise to see if I was going to find something. I wouldn’t exactly say that it was like Christmas. It was more like a slot machine, except I didn’t have to put in quarters. So all in all I guess I got what I paid for and the times I actually found something was a treat.

Then came the days dial up web browsing. It almost makes me want to bang my head on the wall thinking about the speed of which it took me to download the little webpage with a couple images I had made in my computer class. But now look at it! In most places the connection to the internet allows for complete video downloads that are a billion times larger than my little page of interest. And with all that speed and ability has come dun, dun, dun…the online school with online courses and online teachers and classmates. It was bound to happen, and it has.

Of course with all the cool new possibilities of learning things that only two decades ago weren’t even invented yet there comes some drawbacks. I am totally able to go to big universities like MIT and spend some time in modern classrooms with brilliant minds for free online. These online courses can teach me like public education television used to. I can get classes on demand. I can watch them over and over if I want and I can even download them and put them on my media player or computer and take them with me to the park or wherever I want.

None of those are the drawbacks of which I spoke. The thing that still brings a bit of nostalgia to my mind is that even with all this technology I still have to pay for my own lunch. I admit it’s not the worst thing that could happen to a student in the days of freebee education, but with all the advancements I guess I’ll learn to take what comes and love it. And despite this little drawback, I still think it’d be a good idea to explore the possibility of online courses. That’s all I have to say about that.

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