Monday, May 16, 2005

Back to school…

I’ve been retired for a little more than 4 years now and am getting bored. Bored, bored, bored, bored, bored. I’m not really interested in going back to work, at least not yet. My fumbling efforts in Bonsai help pass the time and I’m active in charitable activities with my work with children in the juvenile court system (as a CASA) and in helping in efforts to get our local Animal Control agency in tune with the No-Kill movement. But none of these activities are “meaty” enough – they’re all side activities for me.

I never acquired a college degree, having attended just one year at Case Western University and accumulated a few additional credits at other places since then. I have no regrets in not getting a degree when I was young as at that time I wanted to work and make money. I had fallen in love with computer programming as a High School student (starting out writing Autocoder on an IBM 1401) and was fortunate enough to get involved in that field when experience counted far more than a college degree did in getting a job and getting ahead.

But now I want that degree. And I want it for two reasons. First, I want to play a more significant role in the struggle between those who advocate science and true knowledge vs. those who advocate superstition and religious dogma. And acquiring a college degree will significantly help me in that regard. And second, I want to learn more just for the sheer pleasure of knowing more. I’ve always enjoyed reading and learning and now want to do it on a more full-time basis.

And so I’m going back to college. The plan is to attend the local Junior College, get an Associates Degree there and then transfer to a four-year institution. I’ll decide on my major along the way. Because it’s been so long since I’ve attended college, I’m essentially starting from scratch. And that’s fine with me. In fact, I prefer it that way as a clean slate is always an exciting proposition.

I hope I can hack this – wish me luck…

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