Aside from our transient problem, there’s a lot to like in Chico. One of our many success stories is the CSUC Olli program. This is a continuing educational program for adults 55 and up. The academic year follows the traditional semester system, with short classes during summer.
The tuition is quite modest for what you get. About $200 per semester and for that you can take classes in global affairs, U.S. history, astrophysics, geology, art, cracker barrel discussions, finance, psychology, histories mysteries, travel, computer skills and much, much more.
This current semester I get to do an art class…. as the instructor! Taking the first step was the hardest part. I had lots of reservations because I’m not a college educated artist, I’m basically a hobby artist.
I have done some teaching years ago, but even then it was very minimal. My background is police and political science. But the Olli folks gave me a chance, despite my lack of formal training. We just had the first class on Tuesday and I had a lot of fun. Overall, I think it went pretty well!
If you have not tried an Olli course maybe you should at least consider it? Just because we retire doesn’t mean we have to stop learning. Learning is fun when you’re not forced into it! Here’s a link if you are interested.