Seeking Higher Education at Any Age….

The other day I asked myself why I wanted to go back to school after so many years away. I had already accumulated years of experience in business, engineering and communications, was well paid and comfortably off. I enjoyed my free time with friends and family and dabbled in a variety of hobbies. The fact that I work at a well known mid-western Canadian university may have something to do with it.  I love the academic milieu on campus, the pursuit of higher knowledge, the endless conversations debating the merits of this technology and that. I came to the conclusion that, as I neared retirement, I might like to teach and this would require certification, a higher degree. Initially I thought I was too old for this but then I recall my mother got her master’s at the age of 61. And just the other day, 82 yr old Walter Martin, a former farmer, graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science honours degree in land use and environmental studies.  When asked if he had any words of wisdom for the younger folk……

“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.

2 responses to “Seeking Higher Education at Any Age….”

  1. Richard Schwier says :

    Not only can you do it; you’ll thrive! And I’ll join you. I went through the formal education ranks early, and made a career of never leaving university. It’s been a great life, and it isn’t over yet, but when I do finally pack it in, guess what the first thing is I plan to do?

    I’m taking classes again! I love our work. I love universities. I love learning. Can’t wait to do more of it with you in the future, Mark. Find me some good classes to take, okay?

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