Read Walt Whitman’s poem below. What implications may it have, not just for this course, but for your journey toward a master’s degree?
When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
When I heard the learn’d astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.
— Walt Whitman, (1819–1892).
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After reading Walt Whitman’s poem, I began to think about why I chose this journey towards a degree in counseling. I think that there is always a thirst for knowledge and that not only does my profession as a teacher require me to get an advanced degree, I want to challenge myself with new goals and aspirations. When I read, “When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,” (Whitman 2000) I thought about all the components that were given to me by Capella University. In the beginning, they have given me all the tools I need to succeed. The support and structure that the university provides helps with getting me ready to purse an advanced degree. What motivates me as a learner is what I find in line three, “When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them”. (Whitman 2000) I cannot wait to get into discussions and more depth of issues that go along with a career in social sciences. The things that we are going to learn will be vital in applying them to my new career goal. I also know that the things that I am going to learn are not going to be applicable right away. Whitman says in line five, “How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick.” (Whitman...