Now that Ecosa has decided to offer its Ecological Design Certificate semester for FREE, what kind of students should apply?
If you are passionate about changing the way the world works, Ecosa may be for you. We believe that design can be an effective tool for addressing problems of the 21st century. Since diversity is key to an Ecosa semester, our students come from many walks of life, many situations, and sometimes, even from different countries. Common characteristics of an Ecosa student would be a love of design, a love of nature and a commitment to this semester of ecological design.
Ecosa Students Are Diverse
There is no one “type” of Ecosa student. Some are considering a design career with an interest in sustainable design . . . some may already be an architect or designer and now want to add “ecology” to their perspective . . . still others may be ready for a career change or a time of focus before making the next big step. Are you taking a gap year and looking for a program from which to learn new ideas and perspectives? Whatever your reason for attending, Ecosa can be transformational . . . provided we are a good fit for each other.
Many “non-traditional” students have expressed interest in attending this course. What makes a student “non-traditional”? According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), if you are taking a gap year, attending college part-time, financially independent, have children, are a single parent and/or a GED student, you are “non-traditional”. NCES says 75% of all undergrads can be considered “non-traditional” and predicts that nearly 19% of all degree and graduate students will be over age 35 by the year 2020. http://www.youcandealwithit.com/borrowers/nontraditional/nontraditional-undergrad.shtml
So, would a student’s age prevent them from attending Ecosa? No. We believe that learning takes place throughout our lives, no doubt. And this course is focused on learning through experiences, which many times involve physical exertion in the form of aboriginal survival trips, hiking some rough terrain and temperature extremes. Age may not be a factor, but physical fitness surely is, so be prepared.
What if a student lacks computer experience? The certificate course does not teach the computer software we ask about on our application. Most younger students will have higher levels of computer experience, but we prefer that you learn to use a pencil before mastering a computer. In addition, teamwork and collaboration are an important part of your learning. Where one team member is weak, another will be strong, and vice versa. Ecosa cares about the skills and background each student can bring to the table, whether these involve human hands or computer programs.
Change Agents for the 21st Century
What is important to Ecosa is finding students who want to help make a change in their communities and their world, those searching for a way to bring all of their skills together for good and those wanting a specialized type or topic of education. If this sounds like you, click on this link to learn more about Ecosa Institute’s free semester of ecological design.