Independent-Learning Project

What would I want to learn about?

I have spent a great deal of time the last few years working toward getting my elementary education degree and working as a paraprofessional. My wife and I also had our first child 11 months ago, today. I have spent a lot of time the last few years doing assignments that I am told to do, helping kids learn how to control their behaviors so they can stop impeding their learning, and preparing to be and being a father. Getting our house ready for a baby was more of a challenge than I thought it was going to be and once she came into this world it has been a nonstop process. With everything going on in my life, it has been hard to find time to do anything for myself. I have recently started golfing again after spending a long time away from it. It was something that I was around when I was growing up because my mom’s family are avid golfers. I have spent a few summers now trying to get better but I want to spend any time that I ccan on trying to become a better, more knowledgeable golfer.

I would like to spend my time during this project to study the game of golf. I want to learn about the history of golf and all the techniques about being a good golfer. There are so many different elements when it comes to swings from different places around the golf course and I want to become a better player by studying them. Golf is a very difficult sport and I want to be able to spend sometime working on myself as a golfer. It takes an incredible amount of patience, mental toughness, strength, and finesse. There are so many different factors that come into play each time you go out to golf. I believe that with being able to do research to study different approaches and how professionals go about their craft will be a huge advantage I could take onto the golf course. I want to watch instructional videos about how to fix different parts of my swing as my back swing, grip, ball placement, shoulder placement, footwork, and follow through are all effecting my golf game.

My grandpa is in the Nebraska Golf Hall of Fame and I would like to think that I could become a good golfer someday. My uncle and cousin are both known as some of the best golfers in Alliance and I want to learn how they got to be so good. It requires as great deal of practice, but without the money to afford an instructional coach I want to spend my time researching and collecting information on how to become a better golfer while learning about the history of the game.


8 thoughts on “Independent-Learning Project

  1. Hello Tate! This sounds like such a fun independent learning project to choose! It sounds like you have put great thought into it and it will be very beneficial to you. I’m sure as a new parent you do struggle to take time to do something that is just for you. How cool that your grandpa is in the Nebraska Golf Hall of Fame! I’m sure you will have a great time with this project and improve a sport you enjoy. Good luck with your project, and a side note but congratulations on your marriage and little girl!


    1. Thank you, Brittney! It is hard to find time for myself, but I also don’t mind trying to spend as much as time as I can with my daughter and wife. The really hard part is watching them play or my daughter want to play and I am strapped to a keyboard doing homework. I like to take breaks and play with her but I will not miss the days where I have to do home for 3 hours instead of getting that time with her. Hope you have a great semester!


  2. Hey Tate! This sounds like a really cool project! I always thought golf was really interesting and I wanted to get into it more but sadly I sucked at it and broke a lot of windows so I stopped. I hope it goes well for you and I am excited to read about your experiences!


  3. This is a great idea for a project, and I especially like that it will allow you to focus a little bit on you and something you enjoy and feel passionate about. It is really hard to find time to prioritize your own interests when you’re working, going to school, and raising a family!


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