Might-have-beens

The Times-Tribune - - Editorial -

Edi­tor: Af­ter get­ting medi­ocre grades all through high school, I found my niche as a se­nior, tak­ing a course that every­one seemed to avoid, hu­man bi­ol­ogy.

Many of my grades in the sub­ject were per­fect and I quickly rose to the top of my class. I had grandiose vi­sions of us­ing my new­found tal­ent to be­come a doc­tor or even find­ing a cure for can­cer, but my dreams would have to wait. I had joined the Navy Re­serve as a ju­nior and two years of ac­tive duty lay ahead.

After­wards, I at­tended col­lege on the GI Bill, but quickly learned that my as­pi­ra­tions were just that, as­pi­ra­tions. Al­though I un­ques­tion­ably had a tal­ent for sci­ence, the re­main­der of my grades were barely good enough to pass. Alas, this would-be brilliant healer would be­come a tech­ni­cian in man­u­fac­tur­ing for the next 35 years.

If only I had been able to take all my cour­ses in sci­ence. If only a med­i­cal de­gree could be ob­tained on the job. If only . . . EARL BAI­LEY SCRAN­TON

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.