I have been so influenced and encouraged by Coursera that I quit my job and followed my heart. Now I am running my own institute, teaching in the way I like, experimenting new techniques and loving each moment of it.
Our spotlight this week is on Margaret Singh Punj. Margaret is a Mentor in the course What future for education?
Share something about yourself
I live in Punjab, India. I am married and have a five-year-old son. I love writing stories, listening to music and reading. I initially worked in a college as an Assistant Professor of English, but I called it a day and now I am running my own coaching institute for English language, personality development and IELTS.
What was your first Coursera course, how did you find out about it and why did you decide to take it?
My first course at Coursera was What future for Education? and I found out about Coursera when I was attending a National teachers seminar almost a year ago. I searched through various courses on the website and then I liked Coursera! I just jumped in!
Since then I have been so influenced and encouraged by Coursera that I quit my job and followed my heart. Now I am running my own institute, teaching in the way I like, experimenting new techniques and loving each moment of it.
What’s your favorite Coursera course and why?
My favorite course is What future for education? because firstly, it is the first course I pursued. Also I loved the mentors. I have never seen such supportive, encouraging and cool Mentors like Brian Yamumara and Lisa Niestroj!
I am currently mentoring this course and I like the content of the course. Also the way the course flows seamlessly through the weeks is great. The staff and mentors are an added perk. I have been encouraged time after time by my fellow mentors and this gives me great energy to keep learning and mentoring!
What do you enjoy most about mentoring?
I love discussions. I love answering to the posts and to the fellow learners. It is like a two way process. While I mentor, I learn new things each day!
At the very beginning, I was actually a little apprehensive about this responsibility. I wasn’t even sure if I was good enough..but when I was contacted by Mentor Brian Yamumara, through a series of discussions, he motivated me, and I gained confidence, and hence decided to be a mentor.
What does Coursera/Mentor community mean to you?
It is becoming like my extended global family. Although I have never met any of the mentors or fellow learners face to face, but I feel connected and close. I love Coursera! 😀
Each day Coursera is working wonders in many lives and I believe that one day it will transform the world and make it a much beautiful and better place!