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30 Classes in 30 Days: How to Learn Any Skill This Summer

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What if there were a place where you could find both online history classes and in-person management classes? A place where collegiettes could supplement college learning or find new fields to explore for free? Would you learn to make your own jewelry, develop a website, speak Japanese, plan for a non-profit? Now's the time to make the most of those extra minutes outside of the classroom!

Introducing Chad Lovell, co-founder and COO of allclasses.com (currently in beta form) which allows people to search and compare different types of classes, both online and in-person. The website provides an easy way for anyone to find classes on anything that interests them. Type “fiction writing,” “product design,” or “Spanish” into the search bar, and the site will find online and in-person classes of varying prices, times, and media for you to choose from.

A website like allclasses.com can be especially useful to collegiettes looking to get ahead over the summer or to add a free class to their courseload in the fall. This website makes it easy to compare classes you might be interested in taking. For example, a collegiette you may be a graphic design major who wants to take an economics course but don't have the time with your busy courseload. On allclasses.com, you can find free economics classes online--this website serves as a tool not only to help collegiettes get ahead with academics but also to enforce, a lifelong desire to learn and better yourself.

Every day in June, Lovell has taken a class in the company’s quest to make June “Life-Long Learner’s Month.” Lovell writes on his blog, “If May is the Month when education is celebrated, June could appropriately be titled ‘the month when learning dies.’” Lovell writes that almost half of college graduates will never read a book again after they graduate. These trends spurred the founders, Lovell and Stephen Marcus, who is also the CEO, to make an easy way for people to keep on learning, no matter their age or level of education.

“Everyone has a story of why they’re there,” Lovell said of the people with whom he has taken classes so far. Lovell says he has “picked up something” in every class he’s taken, from espresso-making to Instagram marketing to the trapeze. Marcus talked about how not all classes are equal--they are all different, each with its own unique “buying experience.” Lovell stressed that engaging teachers make for phenomenal classes.

This particular Monday finds Alessandro "San" Bellino of the Coffee Trike passionately explaining the milk steaming process to Lovell. “It’s too thin!” he exclaims as Lovell spills milk while trying to create some cappuccino art at the top of the cup. Bellino’s passion for his craft shows through in his lesson--he apologizes for the “espresso nerd jargon” in his detailed descriptions of espresso and cappuccino.

So, collegiettes: would you spend some of your free time this summer learning to make espresso, navigating Instagram like a marketing pro, or more? In his quest to take 30 classes in 30 days and #Learn4Life, Lovell has given himself the opportunity to explore everything from hip hop to management to espresso. Which class would you choose?


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