It is not so important to know everything as to appreciate what we learn.
by Hannah More
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
by John Dewey

I noticed recently that I have a tendency to say I am stupid. I find I have spent a lot of time in the last 10 years of my life confusing a lack of effort and responsibility as stupidity. I became very comfortable with chalking things up to the fact that I don’t have a “proper education.”

Basically, I was saying that if I had a degree of some sort, I wouldn’t make the mistakes I have made. The funny thing is, in my opinion, intelligence and mindfulness have very little to do with sitting in a classroom. Now don’t get me wrong; I think education and learning are truly two of the most important things in life, but what I was doing was limiting myself by believing that having a degree is the only measure of knowledge. The truth of the matter is that we are forever learning; it never stops.

Really, it’s just a matter of recognizing and embracing this. I am an eternal student, and I am loving all the opportunities I have to grow and evolve. I loved school, and I look forward to returning one day. I think the value of spending time with people who are dedicating themselves to evaluating, researching, and deepening their own understanding of whatever it is they are choosing to study is so admirable and valuable.

I feel like entering an environment with an awareness of life-long learning is very important. It feels like this recognition will increase one’s potency as a student. Once I started to approach everything I do in my life as though it was a college course, I began to see my own intellectual value and enjoy the process of life so much more! It kind of feels like it takes a bit of the pressure off!

Thanks, all! Keep thinking!
Allison

Add yours Comments – 93

  • Melissa Wells

    on July 18, 2007 at 11:48 am

    To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge – Benjamin Disraeli (1804 – 1881), Sybil, 1845

    I think that it’s when a person starts thinking that they know all there is to know about everything that they stop learning. Life is a learning experience. There is no limit to knowledge.

    I also think that you don’t have to have a top notch education to be smart. I unfortunately never finished high school (I would not recommend this however. I think a high school education is needed). However, I consider myself a very smart individual. I love peorty and even write some. Many have told me I should get my peoms published but I tend to be hard on myself and so I don’t think they are very good. I also love to read, I love history and above it all, I just love to learn new things. I am constantly soaking up things that I read or see. I have come accross individuals with a college education that sadly, could not spell very well and their grammer was way off, among other things.

    So, in my opinion just keep learning and believing in yourself and you will come out the victor……

  • David Marriott

    on July 18, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    I have always thought that the real function of school is to teach you HOW to learn. The best teacher will expose you to the panaply of skills required to be a life-long learner.

    In this day and age, we all have to be students for life. How can anyone hope to enjoy all that this world has to offer, if he or she is unwilling to learn new ideas and new skills along the way?

    I find it ironic that some people will suggest that a particular theory or viewpoint should not be taught in school If students are being taught critical thinking skills then they will be able to decide for themselves which theories are worthwhile and which are not.

    The only time that you can judge whether you have had a “proper education” is on your deathbed. Until then, you are still acquiring your education.

  • ChloeFan07

    on July 18, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Hi Allison

    Your very smart to me. I can tell by your blogs and the way you talk in interviews. My grandmother always told me that your education is never ending. That you learn something new everyday. I really like the quotes you picked this week. You always write the best blogs. I look forward to the next one. Have a great week.

  • Patty

    on July 18, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    I feel that everyone is subject to moments when they feel that they are “stupid,” but I think it is more of a confidence issues. I am constantly second guessing my ability and at moments I think that I am stupid, but I have to realize that even though I graduated from college there will always be someone out there that knows more than me, even if they have only have a High School diploma or less.

    I worked at a local thrift store before I graduated. My manager, the 25 year-old son of the owner, was the worst example of a college graduate one can get. He LITERALLY made statements such as “I know everything,” “I never lie,” “I don’t believe you,” etc. He treated my coworkers as inferiors. He was constantly correcting their grammar or their statements, because he felt it necessary for him, the college educated man, to show his intelligence to these high school drop outs/High School educated people, but I knew these people for who they really were. It made me sick to see him treat these people as low lives. They had more common sense and know how than he ever will obtain in his life time. A college degree does not mean you are smart, actions speak louder than words in my opinion.

  • Ron

    on July 18, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    I think what you’re feeling is the pressure of social recognition that being learned depends upon the amount of abbreviations behind one’s name. It’s true those things have value, but I know several people holding PhDs who, as my late grandmother might have said, “don’t have the common sense God gave a dog”.

    The fact that you seek knowledge, that you are open to experiences, and that you absorb all that surrounds you, is really the key to intelligence.

    (by the way, with your recent invocation of Einstein, may I recommend, if you haven’t already read it, the new Walter Isaacson book “Einstein: His Life and Universe”…Isaacson is a brilliant writer)

  • whitney

    on July 18, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    hello Allison,

    I think that you are a very “smart” indiviual I can tell by your blogs
    how you are fascinated by learning and how the smallest things overwhelm you with excitement=)

    I think also having a higher education is very important
    but you don’t necessarily have to spend hours on end
    learning in a classroom… learning is something that you’ll always be doing in or out of a classroom as long as you have that tight grip
    on wanting and welling to learn it never stops. In the world today
    a “degree” can get you farther, it can help you get a better job/career and to some individuals it can define you as being “smarter” but I think that even if you don’t have a “degree” you can still be “smart” i mean there are a lot of people that don’t have a higher education, some chose not to and some don’t actually have the privilege to go to college because they don’t have the money but should we define them as a “dumb” person? no way (who are we to judge) they have another way of teaching themselves about the world and life it self they strive just like the next person would
    unless the world suddenly disappeared we will always and forever be learning “period”!!

    I on the other hand love to learn its just something i’ve been fascinated with I love to read so much, to write, I love to research stuff on the internet or in a book of some sort when I don’t no something so If a subject about it comes up one day about it i can say “OMG” I no about that or i just research about it just because. I am in college I want to work in film Its my biggest dream to work with Disney or warner bro. Although I am one of the Individuals in college i never put down someone for not being a part of the college experience and certainly never call someone stupid I just figure college isn’t for them or that just decided to take another road in life which is completely fine to me
    and besides people who don’t go to college right away can always decide to go later, theres like a over a million different colleges in the world there not going to disappear if you don’t go right away.

    whitney-

  • Bob Beaumont

    on July 18, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    Allison, and fellow readers:

    This is my second time writing on your blog here. 🙂

    I really loved this short written expression on your internal views of yourself. I think it’s so important to always examine within yourself. I too do not have a specific degree either myself, how ever I have a couple of years of College. I have never viewed my self less intelligent than average person in society. I have at times said the same statement you have…”Man I am so dumb”, or “What the hell is wrong with me” etc.

    To me, Education and intelligence are two completely different things. Things such as life skills, social interaction, charisma, leadership, responsibility, etc are things that you can not learn from a text book. I own a Landscaping business, I am involved in the development community here in Victoria, leading a large group of people that are actively involved in the City planning and seeking downtown revitalization, constantly meeting with the mayor, councilors, developers, etc, in one on one meetings or standing up and public speaking at city hall. I have networked an amazing group of individuals while having an incredible time doing so. I have come to realize that though I may not have a five year university degree, I have succeeded in many ways that I could never learn in a classroom and I have so many opportunities at my doorstep. However I am also never satisfied with where I am at either. In fact for an exciting thing to do this winter, I am taking a four month film acting course at the Vancouver School, which I am extremely excited about. Ask me where I will be when I am 60 or 70 I have no idea, but I know I will be having fun and still learning and finding new things to enjoy. It’s so important to be active, to stay positive, to embrace life, and not to let it slip by wasted. I never want to be at the end of my life at 100 and say….I wish I had…or if only!! No regrets, you only have today to decide the rest of your life.

    I know this has been a very self focused writing but I don’t mean it to be…. I guess I was inspired by what you wrote and agreed with it so much that I thought by sharing my own thoughts on self reflection and self confidence it would be an addition to this positive page. I use to be the same way as calling myself dumb or incapable. I’m 36 now and I have come to fully appreciate my abilities, the things I have conquered in life, the growing pains, the losses, and the wins.

    In closing, I guess I just want to send you a “Way to Go !!!” on this page. It’s so cool to see that you have looked deep down inside yourself and found that you love that person that you did find, and have come to fully appreciate your incredible abilities, and all that you have achieved in just the early stages of your life.

    Keep up your fun life journey!!!
    Your Awesome!
    Your Canadian Fan
    Bob Beaumont

  • Matty / inLove_with_Chloe

    on July 18, 2007 at 8:30 pm

    Hi Allison,
    as a scientist by training, how could I not agree with this week’s blog entry? Hehe…. We should indeed never stop learning. There are so many interesting things around us that deserve a closer look. The exciting thing is that discussing these things with others is so much fun!!! The only problem one runs into is the fact that the day only has 24 hours……one needs much more time to look at all interesting things, seriously. I always joke with my friends and colleagues that we HAVE to come up with a way to make ourselves independent of sleep, so we have more time to study exciting things…… Well, OK. Now I sound like a geek, that’s just great. Hehe…..
    You are right that one doesn’t necessarily need a degree to learn new things. I have a PhD, for instance, yet most things I encounter in life leave me with the frustrating realization that in fact I know nothing. Like Socrates, you know the famous greek philosopher. ~2500 years ago he found amazing things simply by asking very simple questions. Things that got almost lost in the 2 millenia that followed. But he said “I know that I know nothing”. That’s tough, no? But that’s the problem: knowledge makes you aware of the things you know, but also of the things you don’t know. That’s why a famous Latin proverbe says “Beati pauperes spiritu”, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit’, hehe….. But that’s a true problem, you know? We always want to know more……that’s exciting, but can also be frustrating. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the story off Dr. Faust. That’s one of the most famous pieces of German literature, by Goethe. Dr. Faust is a Scientist who actually signs a deal with the devil, that’s how desperate he is to find more knowledge……needless to say the story doesn’t really end well, hehe. But it shows that other people, much smarter than me, have thought about this problem.
    I guess what I am trying to say is: Yes, we have to keep learning, after all: life is a journey. Yes, degrees are cool, yet they teach you a method rather than what you might really need/want. Therefore, what one should try is to remain CURIOUS for their entire life. Because it’s curiosity that makes you look in certain thing, question things. Nothing depresses me more than seeing young people who don’t question the world around them and rather accept it as it is……
    I filled my iPOD with 20 GB of opera, my favorite book ‘short history of philosophy’ has depressing 950 pages……there is a lot to learn. And I am curious to find out what it is.
    Until next time…..

  • John

    on July 19, 2007 at 12:19 am

    Hi Allison
    Formal Education is not really about learning. For many people it is just about passing exams. How many people forget what they have studied once they have passed the exam? The best students don’t always get the best grades either. The whole grades thing is like a game. You have to tell the lecturers or teachers what they want to hear. It is very rare to get a lecturer or teacher who likes being challenged intellectually by their students. Look at the real intellectual heavyweights. How many of them were outsiders who didn’t conform to the rules, Einstein wasn’t a professor, Newton didn’t exactly conform, neither did Socrates. When you look at the effect that these 3 had on Western society, it is profound. WIthout Socrates, there would have been no Plato or Aristotle. These 3 were the foremost influences in Western thought for well over a thousand years! I think too many intellectuals forget to follow Immanuel Kant’s lead. “Enlightenment is man’s emergence from self imposed immaturity (“UnmĂĽndigkeit”, translated here as the phrase “immaturity and dependence”) for which he himself was responsible. Immaturity and dependence are the inability to use one’s own intellect[1] without the direction of another. One is responsible for this immaturity and dependence, if its cause is not a lack of intelligence, but a lack of determination and courage to think without the direction of another. Sapere aude! Dare to know! is therefore the slogan of the Enlightenment.”
    Allison, it is also well known that many students (not all by any means) cheat, especially now with the internet. How can you say that someone who passes exams but has cheated is intelligent? Finally, many students are boorish oafs, only interested in drinking, sex, drugs, watching tv etc. Even if they pass exams without cheating, I’d hardly deem them as towers of intellect or paragons of virtue. People who are self taught and genuinely clever without degrees might be seen to be less intelligent by some. However, I judge people by their actions not by their qualifications or background. Even if you have a degree from Harvard or Yale, i don’t automatically assume you are a genius. You only have to think of the actions of Clinton (Monica Lewinsky et al) or Bush to know what I’m talking about. Intelligence is not just knowing facts, its about understanding and “common sense”

  • melbee68

    on July 19, 2007 at 4:29 am

    I agree with you.. There is so much more to learn in life than what can be learned at “schools” There are so many educated people who have no common sense. My eldest daughter is dropping out of college, because she doesn’t like the way they HAVE to learn. She is like her father, in that, if she wants to learn about something she goes to the bookstore and buys a book, then applies this to life. It doesn’t take a degree to be able to do things. Unfortunately, it does take a degree for people to pay you for what you know.

  • Necmi

    on July 19, 2007 at 5:05 am

    Your smile u have beyond all the wisdom, it is a sign of equlibrium u have, no school nowhere can teach u this. Just keep it on your face forever.

  • Myles

    on July 19, 2007 at 9:50 am

    Hey Allison,

    If you had not the capacity to learn, could you still enjoy life? I think not. Everything we do is either teaching us something or garnering experience in some way, even the bad things. I can’t imagine living without the ability to evolve.

    Myles

  • Ryan

    on July 19, 2007 at 11:49 am

    It’s interesting that you say you started to learn more when you treated life as though it was a college course you are taking. I think others should treat college courses they are taking as what they are: a part of life to be grabbed hold of. To be able to have a university or college education is a gift not many have. It is not something to drift through.

    I think the person who treats life as something to learn from is further ahead than the student who drifts through several years of Ivy League education.

    The best is to do both of course.

  • mabel

    on July 19, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    the fascinating hunger of knowledge never stops…have or not a college degree.
    life is an eternal learning.
    i think that some college graduated people can’t feel the satisfaction of endless learning and much people without a formal education wonder at every little thing they learn every day.
    all depend on each of us.

    allison have a good day
    and thank you for keep us thinking

    mabel
    from los cardales, argentina

  • Dnomal

    on July 19, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    I know exactly what you mean about learning. Thing is evenn if you’re not in school you’re still learning.

    I have to admit to being a wiki addict, i browse through articles on wiki reading things i find interesting, i don’t know how much i take in, but it’s still interesting.

    If you do want to got to College one day, then do it, you’ll learn more there than at most places, but dont think you’re not learning now, because you are, everyone is, compling new thoughts and experiences, looking at things differently and re-evalutaing yourself, others and opinons. No one ever stops learning

    Since your bday is coming up I’d like to say Happy Brithday in advance, hope you get what you want, be it things or a great day,

    If i had any ability at video making I’d make you one on youtube, but i don’t so i won’t.

  • Mandy

    on July 19, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Hey Allison,

    As someone who has spent most of their first 30 years of life in school, I can tell you that it’s not always what it’s cracked up to be. The fact of the matter is that school isn’t for everyone. We all learn differently–some are classroom learners (like me), yet other people rely on personal experience and reflection to learn. And there’s nothing wrong with that at all!

    While getting my teaching degree, a couple different teachers of mine made reference to an article from a professional journal where the author explained the difference between studenting and learning. Basically, it means that just because you’re sitting in a classroom, it doesn’t mean you’re learning. Studenting is just doing what you have to do to get the grade and not necessarily taking in all the information put before you. However, learning means that you’re an active participant in your education and that your overall experience is more important than your grade.

    Mandy

  • Tori

    on July 19, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    Allison,
    I have been amazed at what you have been writing in your blogs. You seem to have the gift to reach out and touch people where they are in life.
    You share the fact that you have failures, that you don’t have compassion for yourself as you should, that you are hard on yourself. All of humanity can relate to these experiences but sometimes for many many of us – it takes a lifetime to be strong enough to just look at ourselves as we are. Allison, you give us courage to do just that. And then… you make an exhortation for us to join you to have compassion on ourselves and humanity. You truly are as beautiful on the inside as you are in appearance.

    We have a saying at our house … (this or that) “is for (your, my, our) development.” Yes, “education” comes in all forms … as does the way we learn. In our family, we have learned much about true friendship from your portrayal of Chloe. You make us believe that this character cares. After reading your blogs, I see that you are able to do this because you care.
    Thank you, Allison, for reaching out and being a friend to all of us. Even though I don’t write often I still look forward to your blogs. – God bless and keep you always!!!

  • JoĂŁo RĂ´mulo Negri

    on July 19, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    Oi Allison como vai? I believe that we are here for a mission. Don´t ask what mission is because i´m not able to answer this question. We are always learning and growing. This what makes life so cool (and the diversity). As i think: “Nobody is Perfect” (is a cliche but it´s true). This means that we´ll always learn something. It doesn´t matter what.

    Tchau

  • Ryan

    on July 20, 2007 at 1:55 am

    Sorry to post again but the theme of knowledge stuck with me today. The question “what is knowledge?” has been troubling me in some very real ways lately. How does someone really know what is right?

    It’s a very thoughtful time for me. In the first week of July I moved, got married, and learned of the death of a friend. It was a time of happy new beginning and of sad loss.

    I met my friend while I was in the Canadian Army Reserves. He was an outgoing, funny guy who always felt his purpose in life was to be in the army, just as I did. I think we both thought our job was to protect people. On July 4, he was killed by a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan which also killed several other Canadian soldiers and an Afghan interpreter.

    Did he protect anyone? I believe so. Many others don’t. Who is right? How could we ever know?

    As a student of history I shouldn’t be surprised by his death but it’s always a shock to know a friend has died, let alone to see him featured on a national news broadcast (in Canada). But his death has also crystallized a feeling I’ve had for awhile: that I’ve been abandoning my friends.

    Why am I here, starting this good new life, when they are there, risking their lives, and now losing them, for something which I also believe in? Canada’s soldiers have been taking some hard hits lately in Afghanistan. They are in a war. These events have made me think about my life and they’ve driven me to do what I believe I need to do: join the army again, but this time, full-time regular.

    My wife supports me and I am as certain about this as I have been about anything. I have gone over it so many times in my mind. I have looked at the political arguments and the moral ones. No matter how I look at it, I can’t help thinking, and deeply feeling, that this is what I am meant to do with my life, at least for the next few years.

    So you can see why I am struggling with the idea of knowledge. I have a degree in history and I consider myself a thinker. But all this “knowledge” and life experience has still led me to a decision which so many other educated people would find incredibly stupid.

    At what point does knowledge come from the mind and at what point from the heart?

    I just hope that my heart and my mind are both right about this decision. Because if they aren’t, I’m accepting years of discomfort, misery, and possibly death, for no reason at all. God help me if that is so.

    I’m sorry to babble like this about my problems. I suppose I am just up late, wondering what the future will bring me. No one else knows about my decision but my wife. My family and in-laws will literally think I am crazy.

    But I just can’t stay away anymore. I keep seeing an image from my friend’s funeral. His girlfriend is standing next to his flag-draped casket, holding their baby. She is holding the child who will never know her father.

    Whether he was right or wrong in the great scheme of history God knows. I hope he was. I hope I am. But I do know something. He died believing that he was doing something good and important in this world. I am proud of him, but so incredibly sad. I just hope I can help prevent others like him from having the same fate.

    Sorry again for this. I don’t know if it still relates to your theme or not Allison. My friend was actually from the area Smallville is filmed in, the lower mainland of BC. His name was Colin Bason and his funeral was recently held in Langley. I hope my post isn’t inappropriate.

    “Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.” Ernest Hemingway

  • Steve Glosson

    on July 20, 2007 at 8:21 am

    I dropped out of college in 1998 due to personal reasons. I tried to get back in, but due to my own personal laziness and other stuff in my life, I didn’t do to well.

    Now, I work with teenagers in sort of a counseling type position. There are so many times in my life when I think I am less able or less qualified to do the work I do because I don’t have a college degree. But, I have found that I am good at what I do. I enjoy what I do. And as far as education goes, I am constantly learning and growing independently. It’s always a surprise when I find out that I may not be as dumb as I once thought I was…now if I can just do something about my laziness…

  • kel

    on July 20, 2007 at 9:02 am

    Life is a learning process. our life on earth is our playground of knowledge and discovery. school just acknowleges what one has learned, but it does not measure how much you have and will continue to learn in ones lifetime.

  • shadowcat_2

    on July 20, 2007 at 9:55 am

    Well, I ended up with 2 Degrees; an aas, and a ba. First Job I got: Warehouseman for a state agency. As an old room mate put it; common sense is NEITHER of the above. You’re as smart/dumb, as those you are surrounded by. So (I Guess), be smart about the company you (choose to) keep.

  • alex

    on July 20, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    I like your view. I too lately have been feeling robbed of a “normal” middle and high school education/life. Thanks for posting your thoughts…

  • Medina

    on July 20, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    For think

    you could read Sandman´s comics by Neil Gaiman (DC Comics – 90’s decade). Search in Comics Stores.

    your fan from Amazon

    peace

  • RJChasez

    on July 20, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    It’s a weird thing… you can see yourself as stupid, but everyone around you can think you’re one of the smartest people you’ve ever met. I’ve seen that happen a lot. Never to me, but…

    Going by everything I’ve read from you on this blog, you are a very intelligent woman. I wish I was half as smart as you. You really make me think sometimes, and I’m better for it. No wonder I admire you so much. 🙂

    Life really is about learning. You make mistakes, you learn from them, and you apply those lessons to the rest of the days of your life. You know not to make those same mistakes. Life is what you make it, and whatever lessons you learn help make it better in the end. I recently read Teri Hatcher’s book, and it helped me see that. It helped me learn a little bit about myself. She’s a smart lady, too, and her little pearls of wisdom really helped me. Just like coming here and reading your blog helps me. It’s nice to see that two women I really look up to feel some of the same things I do. We really aren’t that different, you know? And that makes me feel better.

    Take care of yourself, and I’ll be looking forward to your next blog. 🙂

  • Marie

    on July 21, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    un petit bonjour à mon actrice adorée !

    “la culture c’est ce qui reste quand on a tout oubliĂ©” , voilĂ  c’est ma contribution Ă  ton article mais je ne suis pas sĂ»re d’ĂŞtre dans le sujet vu que mes connaissances en anglais sont faibles ..

    promis la prochaine fois j’essaie de traduire

    bisous

  • Mae Edwards

    on July 21, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    I think knowledge and wisdom comes from one’s self with the life experiences we go through each and everyday. I’ve spent plenty of time in classrooms and I have learned a lot, but sometimes I would zone out. I do enjoy reading and writing. I want to learn everything I can from books, worthy news programs to find out what’s going on in the world or how maybe I can make a difference somehow. You’re very intelligent and it’s awesome that you open our minds to these blogs where we can all get together and make each other think positive and make us feel better about ourselves and the world we live in. Take care and can’t wait til your next blog!!!

  • joey

    on July 22, 2007 at 11:34 am

    what we learn is far more important than if we learn. hope you are having fun

  • Laurie

    on July 22, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    I am a primary school teacher in England and there is nothing more amazing than being able to help children grow into people. Yeah we teach about how to read and write but the most important thing we teach then is how to live life!

  • DANIELA

    on July 22, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    hi Allison!

    what you’re saying is really interesting
    thefact thatsome people feel less than others
    just because theydon’t have a good education
    is tru, as the
    fact that there are people who make others feel less
    inteligents or capables

    you are really inteligent
    and intelectual in a lot of ways

    i admire you!, not just your awsome work!

    God bless you every day!

    daniela
    monterrey, MEXICO

  • DANIELA

    on July 22, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    hopeyou’re having fun!!

    come to Monterrey, Mexico someday!!

  • BOUROUX

    on July 22, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    hi Allison

    This summer in Montreal, we have a great exposition.
    Body Worlds 2. The anatomical exhibition of real human bodies. Last week I visited this exposition and it was a fantastic experience. Learn to know our body is fabulous.
    I don’t know if you had the chance to see this exposition last fall in Vancouver but it’s a good example that learning is cool.
    I left a comment on the blog of the failure today about the sport.
    I give you a link http://www.dingorue.com/category/vancouver/body-worlds-3/
    Allison, take care of you and have a good week.
    Claude.

  • sardonicone

    on July 23, 2007 at 7:38 am

    Uhm. Great read. NOw how do I check my messages?

  • Emily A.S.

    on July 24, 2007 at 9:05 am

    Dear Allison,
    You are like the coolest actress ever!!!! How old were you when you first realized that you wanted to become a actress?
    Do you ever get nervious before you go on TV?

    Love,
    Emily S.

    P.S. You rock!!!!!!

  • maroon-snapple

    on July 25, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    yeah, thats really great! i mean its kinda different for me, but over all the same concept. ive always been one of the leads in my class except im (like you) always calling myself stupid. its more of a common sense issue instead of academic knowledge though, and i seem to constantly blame it on my blondeness. now i know this is probably one of the most ridiculous things that you have ever heard, but its true. me blaming my mistakes on my hair color just seems to satisfy my need for an explanation. well i knew deep down, and now more than ever from your blog, that my hair color has nothing to do with it. we are all human beings, and we all make mistakes. the only thing we can do is move on and try to correct those mistakes but accept them as well.

    thanks for all of your great wisdom,

  • Carlos Eduardo

    on July 26, 2007 at 11:42 am

    Dear Allison, It’s nice to read that you are always trying to look the positive way of everything. Besides, you realize the bad things that happen on your life, you always try to see the light inside the darkness and go ahead. Fantastic, I adore that.

    I don’t think that you’re less for not having a “proper education”, let me tell you that I’m agree with the words you wrote about winning experience on the every day learning. Your career is what you choose and it hasn’t been designed to be suitable for anyone who wants to try it. Not everybody does it in the way you do.

    Let’s think in a positive way, if you would study again, you’d be on a privileged status, because, through these 10 years, you’ve been working a lot with the right hemisphere of your brain (artistic and emotional). I’ve read on an article that an ideal of perfection is getting working both sides of the brain (left and right). Some researchers think that the right hemisphere is the clue to discover many mysteries of our real potential; for example, the hidden intuition sense. What might occur if we use the other 95% of our brain?

    Maybe inside of your thoughts you’d like to study again. And I think it would help you, because you would never have an excuse to bother yourself again for not having a “proper education”. If that were so, would be interesting to know what career or degree you would choose.

    Take care
    Regards
    Carlos Eduardo

  • Jennifer S.

    on July 27, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    Hi Allison,

    I wanted to let you know you are my fave female character on Smallville, Chloe is amazing and you are one of my favorite actresses. You are such an inspiration to me and I thank you for that.

    Your blogs always hit home with me and this one especially. I believe that we all have something to offer and intelligence and worth are not based truly on degrees you hold but how you change the world and help and impact others. I know you are one of those people for me, you are such an inspiration and give me confidence and support to try new things and not be afraid to be myself and branch out. You lead by such a great example and you are real..no one is perfect and you strive to be better and we can all learn from that example.

    Thanks so much,
    blessings to you
    your forever fan and friend
    JEN

  • Jake

    on August 15, 2007 at 5:35 am

    Everyone is wise sometimes, everyone makes stupid mistakes. It is a sign of integrity and intelligence to be able to admit your mistakes to yourself, and then forgive yourself

  • Wood Dayvson

    on August 15, 2007 at 7:47 am

    Congratulations!!!
    You’re a beautiful girl.
    I loved you.
    Venha nos visitar em Campo Grande MS – Brasil.
    Você será muito bem recebida.
    Abraços
    Wood

  • Giovanni

    on August 17, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    Hello, Allison

    I believe that everybody can achieve high things in life if they pay attention to it. It`s like one of your quotes said….. people should REALLY appreciate the knowledge they get….
    When you FAIL, or when you are defeated that is a lesson that is worth more then when you succeed.

    making mistakes makes nobody stupid… you are smart my fellow thinker, you are a smart woman

  • Haylie

    on September 11, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    Straight after high school i went to university to do a bachelor of music in voice. i didn’t need to do that! I did that for experience which is something you get in the real world. I got just as valuable experience doing musicals with my local theater company!

    I ended up deciding i didn’t need a degree in my third year as i didn’t want to teach singing. it is performing i love, not teaching. i still perform anytime i can but i work for Foxtel which is a cable tv company in Australia.

    I guess its the same as being an actor, you don’t have work all the time, so you have to do something else to pay the bills. It’s that way in Australia anyway. You’re lucky to have such a great job in the field that you love and i am sure you learn something new everyday!

    Love Haylie

  • Aziza

    on April 9, 2009 at 1:17 am

    I know this comment is wayyyyy late but anyways- Allison, you’re alot smarter than all of ‘us’ college students out there. Being smart is not just cramming a whole lot of info and then paraphrasing it. Learning for me isn’t enough with just the theory. Sometimes I wish I could just drop all my courses and learn whatever I wanted, however I wanted.

  • Beth

    on December 19, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Okay. You seem to be much more smart/wise/intelligent than many people I do know who have formal degrees… (including myself…). On top of that you also seem to be consistently and refreshingly open and honest (most people seem not to be like this). If you hadn’t posted about not having formal education, I would have thought you did. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this in any of the other comment sections of this site, but regardless, I’m saying it now. 🙂