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Today I’m Thankful For… Twitter!

Today I’m thankful for…

Twitter. Ok, so it’s not exactly free because I need the internet to access it, but it’s close enough to free that it counts.

I’ve been on Twitter for a while, but used it as nothing more than a place to write silly little answers to the “What are you doing?” question. Only this week did I realize that I have been a fool for not using it for the tool it is — one that helps me connect with other personal finance bloggers, and anyone interested in the subject.

Since getting more involved in Twitter, I’ve started following a bunch of interesting people. It’s a little overwhelming, but for the time being I’m enjoying reading as much as I can in my free time.

If you want to follow me on Twitter, add @everycentcounts

Today, I’m Thankful For… Free MIT Courses

Today, I’m Thankful For… is a series dedicated to calling out the free things in life that deserve praise.

I’m challenging all my readers to take a few minutes each day to think of one “free” thing that is awesome in their lives. If you write in a blog, post a link to your “Today, I’m Thankful For…” entry as a comment and I’ll add a link to it in my next post of the series. Since we’re constantly being advertised to for all the things that cost us money, this is an advertisement for all that’s free. Go ahead, buy in.

Today’s Post:

Today, I’m thankful for the free, online courses at MIT. I’ve never been quite the academic my curiosity has made me out to be, so I’m constantly trying to balance my ADD with my insatiable thirst for new knowledge. Also, I have some weird anxiety over succeeding when I’m actually paying for a class and it “counts,” which gets in the way of learning what I’m supposed to be learning. So these free classes are ideal.

Yes, they’re really free. You don’t get the interaction of talking to a professor, or other students. They’re pre-recorded classes from other years. Some of the classes only have notes, while others offer in-depth readings, and I think a few even have videos of the professors giving lectures.

I’m most thankful for MIT’s computer programming courses. One of my goals for 2009 is to learn computer programming. It’s not so much that I want to be a programmer professionally as my current job would benefit from understanding a bit of code. I also dream of being able to make apps as a hobby, at least to the point where I understand where API’s fit into the various programming languages I’m learning. I’m starting out with Python and Javascript. I’ve read a whole bunch of online tutorials (which are also free) but this (six credit) “Intro to Computer Programming” course has a text that’s really clear and helping me get my head around the complex topic. And it’s FREE! How cool is that?

If you’re interested in other subjects, they’ve got you covered. Business classes from one of the top MBA programs in the world? Sure thing. Arts & Literature classes to make you feel like you’re really in college again? Yup. Want to spend your spare time learning about Physics? Go for it.

When the cost of attending college is so high, and getting higher by the minute, it feels like I’m saving hundreds of dollars reading all of these online courses in my spare time. Maybe one day I’ll apply to their graduate MBA program and get the real first-hand experience of taking these courses, but until then I’m happy learning for free!

Read Previous Installments of “Today, I’m Thankful For…”

Part 1: Trees

Today, I’m Thankful For…

Like any other gal who grew up in an upper middle class family, I lust after the finer things in life. Yet a pair of $1000 Christian Louboutin heals, as lovely as they may be, won’t provide a smidgen of the happiness that I get from the free things in life. (Ok, maybe they will, but only for a few seconds before they start to hurt.)

In that mindset, and to offset my typical Jew whining, I’m going to try to post about one thing in my life that’s free that makes me happy. I challenge you to do the same thing if you have your own blog, and post your links here so I can check them out and feature you on my next “thankful” post.

Today, I’m thankful for… Trees. I’m no tree-loving hippie, but trees (and grass and all of natures greenery) makes life so much more pleasant. The condo complex I live in these days is full of ’em, and they make me smile every time I walk outside or look out my window. I sometimes wonder what the earth would look like if trees didn’t appear by the miracle of science and evolution. There’d be no shade to protect us from the sun and it would be tough for our air to be breathable.

When I did a Birthright Israel program this summer, our tour guide – who was practically a rabbi with his wise tales – spoke a lot of the symbolism of trees, and shade. Trees are free to sit under, to eat from, and to enjoy from afar. They are the wonderful gift that I’m thankful for today.

Q & you A: What free thing are you thankful for today? Post your answer on your blog and link back to it in a response.