Way back in 1975, back in the dark ages for you younglings, I was busy getting ready to head off to college for the first time. Cornell University had accepted me as an engineering student. I had pretty much no idea of what were my strengths and weaknesses, and I believed that I could handle anything. I was wrong.
Depression was starting to take over my life and I would soon spiral down a path that led to failing out of Engineering and withdrawing from Cornell. After spending some time licking my wounds, I started to take night classes at Wilkes College (now Wilkes University) in Computer Science. I was really good at programming and did really well in my classes there. But I didn’t think to enroll at the time. I was going to get married; it seemed the better offer back then. But is hindsight really 20/20? There is no way to be certain that things would have been better if I had gone back to college at Wilkes.
During the two years that I lived in Delaware, I managed to take another computer science course at the University of Delaware. Although I did well, it was still not enough for me to get the hint. In 1980, I moved back to Pennsylvania.
Thirty years have passed between then and now. I have crawled out of that long dark hole of depression to discover that I should have aimed lower than engineering to start. It is too late now for me to pick up where I left off in computer science. Educationally, I am a relic in that field. I am still quite good with numbers; and a job I once held has taught me that I am not so easily bored by repetitive or detailed tasks.
I need a job in a field that involves boring repetitive detailed mathematical tasks and there appears to be a lot of them out there. So, here I go again – back to school as an Accounting major at Northampton Community College.