Education is certainly an essential aspect of life, but many schools and their programs fail to maximize the potential of the students due to one simple error: They don’t combine classroom instruction with firsthand experience.
It’s difficult for any graduate to succeed in a new environment without what I call “situational knowledge”. The definition of situational knowledge is rather simple: Knowledge you’ve acquired not through merely listening, but the experience of doing. This knowledge can only be gained in two ways — through your actual experience or from the guidance of a mentor who has gone through a similar situation. And today’s top-tier educational programs will ensure that their students are prepared with this understanding of how the real world operates outside of a classroom.
On a recent trip to Full Sail University, I got to see firsthand how this particular institution is providing situational knowledge to their students. They recently launched the Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting, and it has changed the way I view education. Here are three powerful lessons I took from it.