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Cooking is a skill that I have always had an interest in learning When I decided to take on the challenge of teaching myself how to cook I underestimated its complexity Although I came across many obstacles I was able to overcome these obstacles with patience persistence and the desire to achieve my goal Throughout my learning process I found that the knowledge of my peak learning times how I most enjoy learning new skills and my personal intelligences were all helpful in achieving my goal However the knowledge of how I tackle new topics was not helpful to my self- directed learning project Upon first receiving the self-directed learning assignment I was not sure what I wanted to learn Most of the skills that I had an interest in learning either would have taken longer than a single semester to learn or would have required an instructor For example the ideas that came into my head upon receiving the assignment were belly-dancing salsa dancing playing the piano et cetera Learning how to dance would have required that I had an instructor or dance partner while learning how to play the piano would have required a greater amount of time After examining several different options I decided that cooking would be an excellent skill to learn for my self-directed learning project because it would be far more useful in my future than any of the other options I will be moving to the east coast soon after I graduate which means that I will no longer have my mother cooking for me In addition I will not be able to afford to eat out for three meals a day every day and I certainly do not want to survive on Ramen noodles Second little is more satisfying to me than delectable food I have always enjoyed going out to dinner and lunch and taking in all of the amazing tastes that these chefs
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