The Joy of Learning and Chewing Chappies

Today I bought a Kit Kat bar at the café across the road from College SA’s offices. I gave my money, got my Kit Kat, and took my R2 change. And then I decided to do something that I haven’t done since primary school: I bought a whole handful of Chappies.

As I sit down now behind my desk and shove the first little colourful square into my mouth, I can’t help but think back to those good old school days. I remember sitting down and eating Chappies with my friends (with a whole pocketful still to go) and swapping ‘Did you know?’ facts with them. Those ‘Did you know?’ facts were (and still are) written on the inside of each Chappie wrapper.

Did you know? Hurricanes start to take shape when the sea surface temperature is at least 27 degrees Celsius”

“Did you know? The Southeast Asia is the oldest rainforest in the world. It has been around for over 70 million years.”

Did you know? Deserts cover a third of the world’s surface”

(Obviously I had an environment-themed Chappie here).

Reading my Chappie facts (while chewing away), I can’t help but experience that same pleasure I felt back then. The pleasure of discovering another little fact and thinking, “No, I didn’t know that. But I do now!” I realise now that part of the joy I experienced when I was younger, was due to the pleasure one gets from learning and knowing new things.

Did you know? Human beings experience actual pleasure from learning.”

Jordan Litman, a professor at the University of South Florida,even published a paper on it, stating that the satisfaction we feel when learning something new is experienced in the same parts of the brain that experience satisfaction when we appease our appetites. We literally get hungry for knowledge, and experience pleasure when we appease that knowledge-hunger.

This makes me wonder about why we choose to study. Why do you study? To get a job one day? To improve yourself? To receive a diploma or certificate? These are all good reasons, I guess. But I think we all too often forget about the joys of learning when we study. We get so caught up in the piece of paper that a course promises (the certificate or diploma or degree) that we completely forget to enjoy the process of learning.

“Curiosity is a gift, a capacity of pleasure in knowing,” wrote John Rushkin. We are curious beings and we get pleasure from satisfying our curiosity. And what’s more: learning is the cornerstone of self-advancement, self-improvement, and personal (and professional) growth. And this is the focus of many of our provider programmes.

At College SA, we offer provider programmes to give you the knowledge that you want and need, without requiring you to spend a fortune on your education. Remember: knowledge is power; a diploma is just a piece of paper. It’s not the Chappie wrapper, but the facts written on it, that really matter.
You should study for the knowledge, and the pleasure of knowing, rather than just for the piece of paper you’ll get at the end, because:

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest