Shorthand Project

Dear All,

You may remember my request a little while ago for shorthand samples for a project I am working as a fine art graduate student. After communicating with a few of you, I have decided to redesign my project. I would like to hear your stories:

How/when did you learn shorthand?
Why do you still practice shorthand?
How does it feel to have a skill which many people feel is outdated and have you encountered any problems/negativity because of this?

This can be a casual response (no judgments!) and can be just a few lines or a longer response. Your response will help me while writing about shorthand and I will not use your name unless you specifically say it's ok.

I appreciate your time.

Best regards,

(by gradstudent0 for everyone)