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November 2019 update! Please introduce yourself on the new introductions thread here.

Welcome to our community!

This is a place for Coursera learners to connect with one another and help each other achieve their learning and life goals.

We'd love to get to know you a bit better, please introduce yourself! If you're stuck for things to say, here are a few ideas:

  • Where you're from or where you live now
  • What you're studying
  • Why you're studying
  • What your hobbies or interests are

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Hi everyone,

I am Terry Ugonabo, a Learner and a Mentor from Nigeria. I am currently in Week 3 of Course 4 (Linear Regression for Business Statistics) of Business Statistics and Analysis specialization.
I'm mentoring Course 1 (Introduction to Data Analysis Using Excel) of this specialization.
I am very passionate about the design, analysis, and interpretation of data for studies in general and in particular for studies in Medicine, Public Health, and Business, with the aim to turn data into knowledge.

The world is moving quickly into a data driven world, where human actions are being predicted using data, where stock prices are being determined by sales data. That said, I have primed myself to pursue a career as a health researcher. I believe that the course will equip me with the necessary knowledge and skills to become adept at analysing data; it will also help facilitate research projects and further be beneficial to me in life.

With the help of Coursera I have learnt how to manipulate the spreadsheet and do a few tasks. I know that all my goals will remain dreams if I do not complete this course. Therefore, I am committed to working smart and looking for opportunities that could help make my goals a reality. I remain persistent and diligent until I reach my career goals. I am grateful to find opportunities like this. It makes me feel that I am not alone on the journey of accomplishing my educational goals.

Okay. My hobbies are meeting people, traveling, listening to music, indoor and outdoor games (card and board games, volley-ball, and cycling), learning languages, learning skills, learning all "learnables". I enjoy learning new things and saving them in my knowledge bank.

It feels so good to be here. All thanks to Claire and her team for creating such platforms and for making this community lively and fun.


Kind regards,

Terry.
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Well, I stumbled into "Sticky" and able to reply (vs Global Translator with "Sticky" and reply disabled) As a beta tester, I will let Claire decide what needs to be done.

Anyway, I'll follow Claire suggestion to introduce myself and tell you about John who grew up in HongKong and now volunteering in San Francisco. As of this week, I am studying Buddhism and Modern Psychology. A very good course and the current session is on Deeds without Doers, and Thoughts without Thinkers. Fascinating!
Also, I just wound up a Global Human Rights - TeachOut! I got to pose questions such as, with so many rights, what are human responsibilities? When individuals do not fulfill their responsibilities, what rights should be forfeited such that the rights would not be abused.

You can probably tell that learning is my hobby. I do have other hobbies too. My motto is, try anything as long as it doesn't kill me, cause anyone harm or make me addicted. Life is wonderful!
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Hi @ele81946 or John? I follow your example to introduce myself too: I've been with Coursera since its early beginnings by takings many courses. I was invited to be a CTA, which then turned into being called "Mentors." I am mentoring courses on cancer and genetics and really enjoying them in addition to the mentor training program. I would have loved to listen those podcasts on human rights but that week and the weekend turned out to be one of the busiest for me. I hope to manage to look at the recordings later on. I totally agree "Life is wonderful" despite its hiccups at times all around... 🙂

PS: It says that you have 3 replies on your post but I don't see them somehow, ele81946. Do you see them? Or could anyone else see them?

[Moderator] Denise, I've edited your post to include an @mention so John knows you have replied.
Hi All, my name is Paul. I live in Barry, South Wales in the UK, I'm retired now but was when I was employed a C.E.O. for a Coalition of Disabled People where I employed 100% Disabled People who work with Council Workers and others in the locality around where I live helping to make the areas round about more Accessible for all not only Disabled People but Non Disabled People alike and working with other Disabled People not employed that needed help socially doing things that they mayn't have realised were possible for them to do. Just before I retired I became a BSc. in Psychology and have since attained a Diploma in Sports Psychology. After obtaining my degree, I was told about Coursera by a friend of mine so to experience them I took several psychology courses , later followed by several Music courses. Music is a hobby that I'm interested in amongst my other hobby that I don't practice as much now, which is 'Amateur Radio' I live in a Sheltered Accommodation and am not allowed to erect Antennas and so if I do practice now it's using an internet gateway., ie internet to amateur radio. For Coursera I mentor the Mentor training course at the moment after I was mentoring courses relating to some courses listed above. Other hobbies include, Wheelchair Tennis, spectating now 😉 rather than playing lol.
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Welcome @ele81946, @Denise and @Terry Ugonabo! Thanks for introducing yourselves, great to learn more about you!

@ele81946 what a thought-provoking question for the teachout! Glad you got to participate, it sounds like an amazing event! Did they have a good answer for your question?

@Terry Ugonabo what a fantastic life goal! And this is such a good motivator for persevering even when learning can be really hard! Thanks for sharing.

"I know that all my goals will remain dreams if I do not complete this course."
It’s wonderful to meet everyone! @ele81946 John, I, too was a partnof the Global Human Rights. It was so amazing! One of my podcasts was in the Ideas Bazaar. I had written about how to help an immigrant who couldn’t speak any English. I told the story of a student who was ignored on his first dsy at school, since no one spoke his language and how devastating an experience this was.
I was a music teacher as well as the school’s gifted students teacher. You couldn’t ask for a better career! In both areas I could do anything I wanted as long as it was a success. I produced lots of concerts and won many grants and prizes with my gifted students.
My son put together a few education courses on Coirsera which got me hooked on this journey! I mentored his courses and have gone on to mentor people who are becoming mentors as well.
I naturally enjoy a good discussion, probably as a result of all my 40 years of teaching.
Meeting new people from all over the world such as I have at Coursera has been an amazing experience. I learn new things about everyoevery day!
I live in the US in a semi rural environment, a college town which has 5 different colleges in the area. There is always much happening!

Where do you live? Tell us something special about where you live, thanks!

@Terry Ugonabo, what kind of music do you like to listen to? Do you play any instruments?
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Hi everyone,

My name is Khalid, and I have been associated with Coursera as a Mentor to the PwC Specialization - "Data Analysis and Presentation Skills: the PwC Approach" course namely, Business Presentation with PowerPoint. Having been a mentor for more than a year, I believe I have developed my skill-sets largely. This is due to the fact that we tend to learn better and recall more when we think we will soon need to teach the material to someone else.

The PwC Specialization helped me to understand the Data Analysis and Presentation using MS Excel and Advanced Excel. At my workplace, I use a lot of formulas, and tips & tricks related to Data cleansing, Data analysis, Wire-frames generation, Analytical tools, and decision-making methodologies that I have learned from the specialization.

I am glad and thankful to Claire and her team for creating this platform, which would provide a new dimension to learner's community.

Regards,
Khalid
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Hi, my mane is Juam, I have been mentor for two years, and I enjoyed it so much!!

My mentored course is 'Seeing Through Photography" by New York's MoMa.

Paul, what a good surprise, I like the radio too. My father was a radio-man, he was a radio sports speaker..!!
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Hi everyone,

my name is Marcus, Learner and Mentor from Germany. Currently, i´m in the course "The Global Financial Crisis" in Week 4. I´m also a mentor in Robert Shiller´s course "Financial Markets", since 6 months. This was very surprising for me, because i never thinked i become a mentor here at coursera. My passion at the learning is Economics, Finance and the capital markets.

I was a beta tester, and i hope we can create a great community here for the coursera learners. I would say thank you to Claire for her investment in creating this community.

Kind regards,

Marcus
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Hello everyone!
My name is Zohair! I'm a computer science undergrad student from Bangalore, India. I've been learning on Coursera for quite some time and have completed quite a few courses, the most recent being the Deep Learning Specialisation by Andrew Ng and am a mentor for the second course in the specialisation!

My passions lie in data science and machine learning. Frankly, I wouldn't have come across the whole field if not for Coursera, and all the other mentors really helped a lot when I was learning, so a big shout out to all of you guys for helping other learners out!

Also, the new community looks really really good! Looking forward to being here more often!

Regards
Zohair Shafi
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Hello everyone, my name is Israel, I am from a small town in Michoacan where there is only cactus and hot weather, and I love coursera, I came here to be able to overcome myself 1 year ago and the great progress that has given me is incredible coursera, because they are knowing absolutely nothing, today I can program in R. Studio and analyze data in IBM WATSON and it is incredible how from such a small town there can be someone who knows the fundamentals of those powerful software that years ago were only within reach of A certain group of people and coursera has made me grow enormously, today I work in a farmeceutica and everyone asks me where I have acquired knowledge of prestige in such a short time and I always say proudly. COURSERA OBVIOUS.
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@Khalid, you're most welcome. Let me connect with you on LinkedIn.
Here's my Link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/terry-ugonabo-3abab910b/
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Hi there!

My name is Ron. I come from China and now I study physics and computer science at USC. I am very interested in programming especially R and Python.

I am also a mentor of the Building R packages course. Recently I got more time so I plan to mentor other courses in the Data Science specialization offered by JHU.

Glad to know you all and let's learn together!

Ron
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Hi all, It is a bit late, but I have now joined this community!
I am located in Cambridge, Massachusetts in USA.

Looks like a lot is happening here and this is a great social and learning environment.

I have been taking various MOOC classes since 2012. My involvement on MOOCs have totally transformed my life.

Now I am a beta tester and a community mentor on Coursera.

I want to give back to the community and MOOCs by bringing in the underrepresented community of very capable learners. These learners are blind and they are very capable to learn various technology and contribute productively in developing new technologies. I was introduced to this community of learners in 2016 by an NGO from Boston, where I got involved in a pilot program to teach VIBs (visually impaired and blinds) to learn python programming via online teaching and mentoring. I took my very first blind student to take a challenging class from MIT on edX MOOC and he completed it successfully scoring 98%. He had never even hear about MIT before that! After that I connected with many young blind students from India, who shared their aspiration with me and showed me how much they can learn on MOOCs if the content is accessible to their screen readers (a software they use to read and write on the computer and mobile devices). I will be sharing a link to a workshop I recently did with a my buddy, who is blind to educate blinds about 'navigating and orienting' on the MOOC platform and take an accessible MOOC class, using the screen reader.

Here is my linkedin profile to read more about me and connect with me.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sonalppatel/


thank you for reading and looking forward to connecting and learning with you all!
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Hi, everyone in this wonderful community,

Though a bit late, I am here.

I have been mentoring one course , Intro to Psychology, for about 2 years. I used to be a mentor in two more courses , but it turned out to be overwhelming for my everyday schedule.
Coursera is my passion ,and I studied ( without a certificate) several courses, Buddhism, Soul Beliefs, Psychology via Movies, Mentoring, E-moderating, Astrobiology, De-Mystifying Mindfulness. It has been such a great experience! I am practicing the language ( am not a native) , gathering cultural and inter-cultural knowledge and somehow boosting my life and professional development, trying to be useful and competent in what I do.

I am now a private teacher after having worked as a secondary teacher for many years. Decided to quit the secure job and took up the direction of my free will. So far so good.

Happy to say : "See you soon" !

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Hi!

I've used Coursera to help homeschool my five children, including an amazing Astronomy course and a great Physics course.

Now that all of my children are grown up, I've decided to participate in the Memoir class, something I've always wanted to do.

I'm a Social Worker by trade, with both a BSW and an MSW. I have eight years of clinical social work experience with children diagnosed with HIV and cancer and adults dying of End Stage Renal Disease. I have recently accepted a position with a fantastic Hospice agency.

If I could do only one more thing on the planet, it would be to write a memoir. I'm hoping this course helps jumpstart that dream.
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Hi !

Thank you for the invite to this wonderful community.

I am BOSSCAT, a certified indie game localization project manager from LA. I have studied everything from East Asian Languages to Social Media Marketing to Business Management. I currently work for two indie game publishers and I would love to enhance my professional skills / abilities / knowledge of the industry as much as possible.


Thank you for reading. Have a great day !
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Hi All! :)

I am Yanik aka @chicoman - 41 / M / Montreal, Canada
Currently Studying Music production with Ableton Live
I want to become skilled enough to make decent conscious music in all kinds of styles to help this world shifting towards higher frequencies... ^^
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Welcome to our community!

This is a place for Coursera learners to connect with one another and help each other achieve their learning and life goals.

We'd love to get to know you a bit better, please introduce yourself! If you're stuck for things to say, here are a few ideas:
  • Where you're from or where you live now
  • What you're studying
  • Why you're studying
  • What your hobbies or interests are

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My name is Akorede, I stay in Lagos, Nigeria. I'm a student of Mass communication at the Lagos State University.
I love to dance, listen to songs. I'm interested in photography
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I’m Augoustinos from Greece. Born, many-many years ago, and grew up in its capital, Athens. In 2003 (preparing the Olympic Games then) Athens got too crowded, noisy and unbearable. I decided then to move to a quiet, rural, attractive to visitors and picturesque place. I’ve never regretted. I joined and enjoyed a rural life together with an urban life, as well. I’d had everything I needed, and the MOO Courses little later added me the knowledge I’d been thirsty for.

Coursera came as the tip of the top. Learner as, Mentor and B-test engagement gives me the sense of breathing the air of Universities campus, where I had had my wonderful teenage years. Together come, the touch in studies evolution, the scientific up-to-date experience, the contact with new people, the sense that we do something useful are fascinating outcomes that complete my needs.

Actually, those needs had been according to my life till then, where as full time journalist, used to be extremely busy, active, and the many different levels contacts had filled up my 24 hours schedule. (It's hard to get used alone to a room, afterwards).
So, Coursera provides me, apart the needed knowledge, the open window of the outer world set to my microcosm.

Hobbies that I’ve kept till now are, visual Arts, drawing cartoon & caricatures, for my participation to world contests, poetry, reading and writing, music as always, and... seeking of quite places where only soul realizes its nudity.

Obliged as I felt, after being four to five years here, I proceeded into this brief confession with some obvious signs of verbalism and thank you for the opportunity.

@Juam Berom Thanks. As a musician, groups know they can count on me to help when needed in the percussion section. But it’s not as easy as it seems. Thanks to Youtubes and friends! I carefully study how to hold these and how to get a variety of sounds from them. Two years ago I learned how to play the Egyptian doumbek drum. My hands can’t roll as quickly as I would wish, but it gives the music just the right beat and sound to make it sound Mideastern-like.
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Hi my name is Noor from Iraq😎
I am a student in the final stage of the Faculty of Engineering Department of Computer Engineering and I want to acquire skills side by side of my job so that I can get a job when I graduate
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Hello everyone,

First let me thank Claire and her team for developing this platform where we can come together to share, learn from each other and be motivated. My name is Sherna, I am from the Caribbean. I am new to mentoring so I am learning my way around as a mentor and a learner.

I am really excited to be in this space and look forward to knowledge exchanges within this space. Presently I am studying Social Psychology, as a social work student I would like to gain a deeper understanding of how people interact within their environments and with each other, why people do the things they do and why I made some of the choices I made but more so to understand social psychology techniques and ow best I can utilise them in my studies and everyday life this course will also build my capacity as I aim to pursue this course of study in the future.

I like writing, public and motivational speaking, researching information to enhance my advocacy work, reading, travelling, swimming (intermediate), and communicating. Just to name a few.
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Hello everyone,

My name is Junior Cephas MBUYI, I am from the Kinshasa, Congo (DRC). I'm a Mentor in Database Management Essentials and Learner in 3 Specializations: Data Warehousing for Business Intelligence by University of Colorado System, Data Science by Johns Hopkins University and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) by University of California, Davis.

I like to meet people, I like to learn, I like to keep in touch with people: my LinkedIn profil https://www.linkedin.com/in/junior-cephas-mbuyi-12648458/.
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Hello everyone!
I'm Charlotta Sofi and I've been taking courses on Coursera since 2013 😃. My first course ever was the excelllent Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life! Since then I've become a mentor ( University of Illinios, and more recently the Social Psychology course. I'm also a beta tester and am enjoying coursering very much! I'm a "supermixed bag" and right now I live in Italy (but I'm a Swedish national).
Cheerio!

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