For those of us who are in the “older” age category, life passes by fast, doesn’t it?
As I stated on my home page, I spent over twenty years working in the world of academia. During that time I worked at colleges and universities (public and private, and all of them were nonprofit) until I was hired for a Director position at a for-profit institute back in 2008 that only lasted seven months (ending in April 2009). It was my only foray into the for-profit world of higher education.
After my seven months at the for-profit institute, I started a nationwide search for another student affairs/student services position that spanned several years. Unfortunately, I was unable to find another job after a very extensive and lengthy job search, so I am now retired from the world of academia.
Prior to my career in higher education which began in my mid-30’s when I went back to college to earn a master’s degree, I had worked since high school in clerical and secretarial positions. At the age of 21 I joined the U.S. Army so I could get the G.I. Bill and go to college when I got out.
The U.S. Army had a two-year enlistment back at that time, so I signed up, went through Basic Training, AIT (Advanced Individual Training), and I was stationed at an Army Depot in South Korea. I went from E-1 to E-4 in rank in one year, and I earned an expert badge firing the M16. Due to my propensity to follow orders and do what I was told (and do it well), my Company Commander in South Korea called me a stract trooper. 🙂 I received an honorable discharge when I got out of the Army, and I started college on the G.I. Bill. The first two years I was in college I attended college full time during the day, and I worked full time as a supply technician at a local hospital on the 3-11 shift while earning my Associates (A.A.) degree which I received in 1979. Upon receiving my A.A. degree I was promoted to department head secretary at the hospital and I worked the day shift full time until August 1983.
My mother died in March 1983 at the age of 54 from complications brought on by diabetes which she acquired in her mid-30’s after my parents divorced. As often happens with adult students who return to college after a crisis has happened in their life, it was in August 1983 that I quit my job as a secretary at the hospital, and I enrolled at a state university to complete a bachelor’s (B.A.) degree which I received in May 1985. During that time I worked as the editorial secretary for a professional journal (the editor was a department chair) located for two years at that state university. Upon receiving my B.A. in 1985, I continued to work in secretarial positions until January 1990 when I went back to that same state university and I earned a master’s (M.S.) degree in Higher Education/Student Personnel Service, which I was awarded in August 1991. It was during the time I was working on my M.S. degree that I had my first professional staff position (a graduate assistantship) as the Graduate Student Orientation Coordinator, thus officially ending my secretarial days. 🙂
In 1992 I was awarded a one-year Doctoral Fellowship in Higher Education/Adult Education at a private university in another state for the 1992-93 academic year, and I completed all the requirements with the exception of the dissertation for a doctorate (Ed.D.) in Adult Education in 1993. Finances and a time limit kept me from completing the dissertation phase of the doctorate. I worked at colleges and universities from 1983-85, and from 1990-2009 until I lost that job mentioned above in April 2009.
On a more personal note, I am a Christian and I have been since the age of ten. I’ve also been engaged twice in my life but I was not in love with either of the two guys (a decade apart from each other), so I felt it was best to wait to marry someone I actually fell in love with. And I haven’t given up finding him (or him finding me) yet… 🙂
YouTube Video: “Someone Like You” by Van Morrison:
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Other photo credits: Personal photos