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selver wrote

I've been teaching myself some 3d modelling & game design lately, so maybe something related to that. Digital art.

Or philosophy+economics.

Does anyone have experience with going to classes without paying for them? I've heard some anarchists talk about doing it before. Been thinking about doing that for the upcoming term, when I have the time.

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LostYonder wrote

Depending on the university, it wouldn't be that difficult to attend classes without being a fee paying student - particularly large classes where there is no attendance or it is done electronically. The professor would never know who belongs or doesn't. Smaller classes would be more difficult which is unfortunate as that is where discussions take place, where you can really challenge the warped minds of the other students and even the professor. Though some profs might not care, just come up with some story about wanting to sit in on their class, ask their permission and they just might allow you.

To get the most out of it you would have to lift the assigned books, but that would be quite easy I would imagine.

In the humanities and social sciences at least, most classes are about reproducing existing knowledge, playing into the capitalist commodification model of education where knowledge is reduced to a book published for profit by a corporation, despite the fact that many of the faculty are opposed to the capitalization of education.

There are very few classes these days that really encourage thinking and critical analysis. But there are some spaces still around most universities that are alternative spaces that attract those who refuse to move along with the herd. Many of them can be quite radical - but they are on the fringe of the university, not part of its central operating system.

Another alternative is to attend the many public lectures held across universities. They are free and outsiders are usually quite welcome. Many offer free food too! You can listen to visiting academics, various forums, workshops, and conferences on a range of topics. Most centers and departments that have regular talks have email listservs you can easily get on to know what is going on.

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noordinaryspider wrote

Yea, I "went" to Stanford in the '80s.

Hanging out at the student union is great if you can invest in a good costume from the local thrift stores first. You may need to spend more money if you want to get away with peeking in doors, looking at your watch (smartphone?), and muttering believable stuff like, "I'm going to kill Jenny! We're already late and she KNOWS I can't read her handwriting.

Mostly I just wasn't too obvious about it and didn't expect it to by anything more or less than what it is: stealing an education from a very broken system.

More recently, I've "shopped" for online community college classes (in '00s) by digging through the dumpster in the back of the bookstore of the brick and mortar school and the dollar discount bin/free for shipping/usual sources of textbooks. Tuition sucks but textbooks were the real expense when I was stealing educations for my (double-digit aged) kids.

hth