Since I’ve had my share of emotional challenges in the past few years, I thought I’d be more balanced if I challenged myself intellectually. Monday I start an online course through Coursera. It’s free.

I’ve chosen one on design since it sounds fascinating and beyond my past experience.

Upon completing a course, Coursera awards the student a certificate from the prestigious university offering the class. A completed course from the University of Pennsylvania wouldn’t hurt my resume. Or my bank account. Or my self-esteem.

Being out of my area of expertise, I expect to go beyond the 5-10 hours a week this course will demand.

But I’m looking forward to some hands-on projects and awakening some synapses.