The German physicist Albert Einstein was born in 1879. He lived to be 76 years old. During his lifetime, he developed the general theory of relativity, created the mass-energy equivalence formula, and received the Nobel Prize in physics. In 1999, Einstein was given the title of TIME magazine’s “Person of the Century.”
Dr. Einstein has quite the resume. His name and ideas are known around the world. His chalkboard rests in the Museum of the History of Science at Oxford University.
That may have been a shameless “I went to Europe and look what I saw” plug. I apologize.
The point is that Einstein was a man of curiosity. He not only desired to know; he wanted to know why, and how. He once said, “Information is not knowledge.”
When asked to think on the concept of scholarship for this blog post, my mind led me here. While scholarship can be defined in many ways, I chose to see it (with the help of dictionary.com) as knowledge acquired by study.
I aspire to be a knowledgable person. I think anyone who chooses to attend a university aspires to be knowledgable, at least in a particular field. Yet I, as a college student, cannot sit in class every day, memorize my notes for each test, do exactly what is required of me, and expect to magically become knowledgable.
To become knowledgable, I have to go above and beyond. I have to study and research. I have to ask why, and how.
My current level of scholarship, to say the least, is not incredibly impressive.
In a way, that’s why I am grateful for my upcoming literature review assignment. It will be stressful and time-consuming. I will probably complain one or two (or ten) times. Then again, the literature review will challenge me. I will have to study and research. I will have to ask why, and how.
At the end of the day, I will know information on my topic, which, if you’re curious, is literacy rates among adults living in the United States. I will be able to provide facts and statistics.
I might even be considered knowledgable on the subject.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go crawl into a hole somewhere and hopefully come out with a 10-page literature review.