Pinay finishes 20 online courses from Ivy League, other top schools amid ECQ

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Paula Mendoza holding her 20 certificates from top universities she enrolled in amid ECQ.

During the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), a woman from Makati City made the most of her time by completing 20 online courses from top universities around the world.

Paula Mendoza, 28, spent almost a month completing all of the online courses, with the goal of completing at least one course each day.

“Straight aral from tanghali to madaling araw, kasi parang ‘di ako nakakatulog maigi ‘pag di ko natatapos yung course and gusto ko talaga, hangga’t maaari natatapos ko na agad,” Mendoza told CNN Philippines. “Longest course I’ve taken took me two days to finish. Mostly ‘yung iba kaya ng one day lang pero dire-diretso ka dapat.”

Mendoza, a manager of an online shopping platform, said she wanted to be more productive by learning new skills she could use for work once the quarantine ends.

She has enrolled in leadership, sales, and marketing courses at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, University of California, and 12 more universities.

“The most amazing course I was enrolled in was ‘Achieving Personal and Professional Success’ from the Wharton School,” said Mendoza. “It was actually my favorite! The course was designed to help you define what success means to you, and to develop a plan for achieving it.”

She took courses from coursera.org, an online learning platform. The site features over 1,000 topics, many for free, across various categories.

Most of the courses have quizzes, final examinations, case studies, peer assignments, and professors’ recorded video lectures.

“It was quite exciting! You can feel you’re in a real class,” Mendoza added. “You just have to pass every exam and submit all the needed requirements for you to complete the course and gain a certificate afterward.”

Mendoza suggested that future attendees check the syllabus of the course before registering to see what to expect in the program.

Despite all the stress and anxiety that the COVID-19 pandemic causes, she also advised everyone never to stop learning.

“Kesa mabwisit ka sa mga nangyayari sa paligid, hanap ka na lang ng paraan at mga gawaing nakaka-uplift sa mind and spirit,” said Mendoza.

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