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The C.S. Lewis character in the film “Shadowlands” says, “We read to know we’re not alone.” However, there are other ways to overcome separation and we at OLLI, offer a variety of ways to connect. In addition to introducing you to new reading experiences, we offer opportunities to be around others in classrooms, socials, special interest groups, and trips, here and abroad.

For our Spring semester we have over 250 classes, including new classes on evenings and weekends for those who are still working but with one eye on what comes later. We’ve developed longer courses for personal development (such as dancing or photography). Preparation for retirement is so important as it’s very much a time of status realignment – this is particularly true for men. Reading helps us know we’re not alone but participating and continuing to grow with other people drives the point home.

When we understand how much every moment means, we want to stay in the best possible shape, both mentally and physically. We like targets – 10,000 hours to become an expert, 10,000 steps a day for exercise (both of which are questionable), but sometimes we must let curiosity be our guide. We have a lot for you to be curious about as a member of OLLI.

We look forward to seeing you and meeting you – check out our website for more details (olli.uga.edu). Spring catalogs are now available, and we’ll have our Lifelong Learning Fair on Jan. 24 at Georgia Square Mall, from 1 – 3 p.m. There’s no need to be alone or bored!doodad

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