Sharon Popp.

Longtime Osher at SDSU Member Sharon Popp

The Osher Institute was created with the mission to educate lifelong learners by offering stimulating and informative courses that are catered to students ages 50 and better. Whether you want to learn about yoga, art history, Medicare, or a host of other current and historical topics, the Osher Institute at SDSU has a class for you. When you join Osher, you are entering a community of lifelong learners who are dedicated to staying active and informed.

Today, we’d like to introduce you to Sharon Popp, a longtime Osher at SDSU member and lifelong learner. Learn more about Sharon’s experience with our program and hear why she enjoys being a part of our Osher community. 

What year did you first enroll in an Osher at SDSU Course?

Around 2013, so 10 or 11 years ago.

What is your favorite or most memorable Osher class you have taken over the years and what did you most like about it?

I have 5 or 6 favorites and they’re all over the map. One was about Geology and geological sciences and another one I really liked was a cello class where the instructor would focus on a particular composer and play some music during each class. I also really enjoyed attorney Glenn Smith’s class, “What Up Docket?” about the law but particularly about different Supreme Court cases.

What is one thing, fact, or skill you have learned through an Osher at SDSU class that you might not have discovered otherwise?

When you have more information about something, you tend to pay more attention to what’s happening in that area. It also supports the concept of lifelong learning in its truest form.

What would you say to someone considering enrolling in an Osher at SDSU course? 

I would talk about the broad range of topics and subject matter presented as well as the expertise of the presenters.  There are a lot of classes that I haven’t taken but that could be somebody else’s thing. Having a wide variety and broad range of domains and academic subject matter is important as is the quality and caliber of the instructors, many of them have master’s or doctorate degrees and are experts in their fields. Also, with the camaraderie and connecting with other students, you learn from the exchange of ideas and keep your brain moving.