Warning I'm going to have a "squeee!" moment about being in school, because oh my Darwin, I'm loving it!
As much as I love this place and all the things I learn here, I'm almost giddy from having professors so readily available to me to clarify the science topics that I don't understand very well. Prior to this semester, I hadn't been in a science classroom in almost (eek) 30 years - there were a lot of holes in my knowledge, and still are. I've done a fairly good job keeping somewhat up to speed on new developments and discoveries on the topics I'm personally intrigued by, but there are a lot of things I really only superficially understand, certainly not well enough to explain to someone else, but enough to be able to have conversations with a few smarter-than-me people I know IRL. My son among them - he's one of those people who just seem to "get" stuff like physics without any real effort.
I've picked up a lot of things I knew nothing about from here, and have done some research on my own as well. But there's really no substitute for being in-person with someone who understands the specific topic, and has a Very Large Whiteboard available.
It helps when they also have a sense of humor and patience - as long as they continue trying to explain, I continue trying to understand. This is absolutely not the experience I would have had if I'd gone to college straight from high school.
Ok, "squeee" moment over.
Good for you Jag. I wish I was more scientifically enclined.
I'm going to go ahead and shamelessly boast about my clever wife though, who despite suffering a form as Aspergers and never finishing school, has just completed her first full year of a Medical Laboaratory Science degree. 8 subjects, lowest average percentage 85, highest 98.
This is the smart lady I speak of:
I am punching above my weight, clearly. Sweet!