Higher Learning At Any Age? Bring It On!

I’ve been laboring under the delusion that I must be crazy going back to school. I mean I’ve spent years building up a wealth of business, engineering and communications experience,  I’m in a great, well paying job and closing in on retirement. You would think I’d want to relax after work, you know, play a round of golf, spend more time with family and friends. So why hit the books every night and on weekends for the next several years to pursue a masters degree in education?  There must be a goal here somewhere….and secondly, aren’t I too old for this?  Yes and No. Yes there is a goal and it’s staring me in the face every day. I work at a well known mid-western university as a project manager for distance education and I love my job. I’m constantly surrounded with bright engaged students and academics who exude a joy when it comes to the pursuit of knowledge. I too want to reach higher and learn more and I also want to teach, to pass on my experience to others. That takes sacrifice but yes I want to do it. Am I too old for this? I’ve been wondering about that and then just the other day I read about 82 yr old Walter Martin, a retired farmer who’s just received his Bachelor of Science in environmental land use:  http://artsandscience.usask.ca/news/news.php?newsid=2799

When asked if he had any advice to younger students he said:  
“Start off learning everything right from the start, which I didn’t do. I always said, ‘Oh, I’ll get this later on.’ Well, all of a sudden it’s exams coming up and I don’t remember this stuff from the start.”

So I figure if Walter can do it, so can I


About M. Behrend

As a kid growing up in the sixties I had an overactive imagination. As an adult I realized that sometimes the truth can be more amazing than fiction. Everybody has at least one good story to tell.

One response to “Higher Learning At Any Age? Bring It On!”

  1. Richard Schwier says :

    You are indeed crazy for wanting to go back to school. Welcome to the looney bin with the rest of us. And don’t tell anyone, but it is a heck of a lot of fun in here!

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