One of the most important and enduring facets of my life has been my education. I consider that my formal education began in 1961 when I enrolled at the University of Illinois, in Champaign. It was a wondrous experience for me at the age of 17, and the exposure to biological sciences, literature, the French language, and anthropology and other courses entirely captivated me. I had to work two jobs to put myself through school each of the two years of my attendance there. Eventually, I had to find full time employment and my dream of obtaining my bachelor degree was placed on hold for twenty-six years due to the demands of full time employment and then raising a family. In 1989 I had employment that allowed me to work during the day, yet go to school in the evenings. I enrolled at Texas A & M in Corpus Christi, Texas and accumulated additional credits totaling about 90 hours.
When I retired in 2009 and still had a strong desire to complete my college education and I contacted Barbara Howard, Director of Bachelor of University Studies at the University of Maine, Orono, to see if I could enroll in the university and if my credits were transferable. I made an appointment, submitted my high school and university transcripts and later was informed that I was accepted!