Education

Want to be a college student again? You can — for a day

University of Pennsylvania professor William Burke-White addresses One Day University attendees during a guest lecture in September 2017 in New York City.
University of Pennsylvania professor William Burke-White addresses One Day University attendees during a guest lecture in September 2017 in New York City.

For many parents, the day you take your kid to college can be bittersweet.

Goodbyes hurt, but earning a degree can set your child up for a stable future. For some parents, like Steven Schragis, returning to a college campus after being away for decades has evoked different feelings altogether, like the urge to go back to school — a tough task once you’re locked into a career and have a family.

So, in 2006, Schragis founded One Day University — or One Day U — a nationwide lecture series targeted at adults who want to rekindle their inner student without having to worry about taking time off work or stressing over exams and homework.

One Day U, in a partnership with the Miami Herald, is hosting a seven-hour seminar on Saturday in Coral Gables featuring four guest lectures from professors at universities across the country. These “students-for-a-day” can learn about American history, the science of sleep and stress, the battle between faith and science and movies that changed the course of America.

The event, which costs $195, will be held at The Miracle Theatre, at 280 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, and will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Guest lecturers include professors from the University of Notre Dame, Yale University, Brown University and Holy Cross College.

To register, visit www.onedayu.com or call 800-300-3438. Registration closes at 2 p.m. Friday. Miami Herald readers can use coupon code M125 when registering to save $70.

With seminars to be held in 61 cities and sponsored by 61 news organizations, One Day U will be hosting several events across Florida this year, in Key Largo, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Naples, St. Petersburg and Sarasota.

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