Saturday, September 26, 2009

My College Days at Age 76

College can be a bit stressful and it takes some dedication to keep up. Learning can be a task that requires setting goals and achievement. I have always thought Learning was quite a science. In my Army days (1942/1945) I served as S-3 Sgt for a time and that required preparing lesson plans and teaching recruits, so I learned to RESPECT the LEARNING PROCESS. It included the Utarie (sic) Window. The definition being in the learning process, involved Factor A: What I already know, and Factor B: the information being taught to me. Imagine two concentric circles, A and B. The amount of input information I hear being taught, that I can RELATE to something I already know, is the most absorbed by my learning process. Thus, it requires REPETITION. In other words, imagine the two circles OVER-LAPPING with increased knowledge.
My career job was as an accountant for 54 years for a meat packing company. It was a "hands-on" learning process with our auditors being my tutors. I worked my way up from file clerk to Corporate Controller. Product Cost Accounting was really fascinating. With Fixed and Variable Costs. Talk about something being METHODICAL, it was a prime example. After 54 years working at the same plant, under three different merging owners, my retirement came as a result of downsizing by our Corporate office. In 1989 our Government passed a law that afforded RE-TRAINING benefits for DOWNSIZED Job terminations. Since I had never atttended College, the Government paid me $110 a week and paid my costs (books included) to attend college for re-training. The stipulation was that I must work at least 90 days in a job after my schooling. Which I did when I became an accountant with a cattle feed yard company.
Among the subjects I took in college were English, vocabulary and reading improvement, which included Computer Lab with exercises in comprehension, observation, retention, etal., to show you how scientific LEARNING has become with the use of computers. With those LAB exercises, we were scored, and we did them over and over until our score was 85% or better before we went on to the next exercise. Classroom schedules were Forenoon, and we had all afternoon to work on our LAB exercises. Thus, Ernie put in some HOURS, attaining my 85% or better scores. We also had three to five hours of home work, and a lot of reading. I was age 76 at the time (I'm now 88) and I'm proud of myself for going to college!

7 comments:

Apple said...

You should be proud! If you could do it at 76 there's still hope for me.

Greta Koehl said...

It's obvious that an active mind can keep a person young - you are a living example!

Becky Jamison said...

Great story, Dad! At the time you were in college, I didn't realize how many hours and how much work you were putting into it! You are amazing.

Herstoryan said...

Ernie, I love your blog! :)

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