They’re proof learning is for life.
Secondary school movies, awkward moments and that one college class you hated would have you believe school is a drag. However, when you find something you love and are passionate about, learning more about it can be a blessing. Some of our favourite YouTubers have found such a passion and returned to school to study it and hone their skills.
From Oxford to sunny Los Angeles, here are six creators who went back to school!
In 2014, Tim Hautekiet enrolled in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, and graduated in May 2016. He’s been based in America since starting the graduate program, but still returns to the UK from time to time to film new projects with old favourites.
We’re proud of him for following his filmmaking dreams through both work and education. Since graduating, he’s been making bigger and better projects, including a short film that was shown in cinemas in front of the feature film Searching.
UK-based Spanish YouTuber Lucia Montes earned her first degree in journalism back in 2016, when her channel was quite young. Two years later, in September 2016, she realised science was the field she truly loved and so chose to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics and physics.
In order to fit her classes around her schedule, she enrolled in the Open University, which allowed Lucia to flexibly attend school part time. She points out that, even if her physics career doesn’t work out, she’s going to school because she loves it, “You don’t need a career in something in order to learn it. It’s just going to make your brain richer.” Truer words have never been spoken!
Lucia isn’t the only YouTuber on this list enrolled at the Open University. Luke Cutforth recently mentioned on Twitter that he’s studying psychology and philosophy part time through the school. While he hasn’t discussed it on his channel just yet, we’re hoping to eventually hear how it’s going! He’s been interested in self-improvement for a long time and has never been afraid to share his personal journey through his humorous videos.
Jazza John has been making videos that tackle social issues for years, so it came as no surprise when we learnt he’d enrolled at the Oxford Internet Institute to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Science of the Internet, a program he completed in May of this year.
Jazza’s since continued his YouTube career, just, you know, with that air of prestige an Oxford degree brings. What, that’s not a real thing? He’s making the same kind of content he’s always made, just with a deepened understanding? Got it.
After spending several years in the workforce after completing her A-levels, Jen Dre decided she wanted to pursue a degree in music. Despite not having a Bachelor’s, she used her work experience to jump right into a Master’s program, which started this past January.
Jen spoke about her decision to get work experience before pursuing a university degree a couple of years ago, refuting those who claim you’re “too old” to go to school. Even with her career and her schooling, she’s managing to keep her channel updated with her experiences working – and now studying – as a German woman living in the UK!
Speaking of Germany, Evan Edinger recently moved to Munich for a month in order to pursue his longtime goal of speaking fluent German, after extensively studying the language on his own. He was living in Germany AND taking an intensive language course to improve his speaking, both formally and informally.
Was his immersive German experiment a success? Watch the video above and see for yourself!
Feeling the itch to learn something new?
You’re never too old to go back to school! These YouTubers prove that, while money concerns and leading busy lives pose barriers, there are always ways to work around them if you’re determined enough. We’re proud of each and every one of them for following their dreams on and off the platform, and we hope they’ve inspired you all to do the same!
Want more YouTubers at school? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered:
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