When I began writing the 70-something blog five and a half years ago, I had no idea that I would be a graduate student at age 75. But this will not turn into a student blog. I will continue to comment on the pleasures and challenges on my journey from young-old age to old-old age and I will write about being a student only when it is particularly relevant or when I can’t resist.
However, I have to say that this week has been a huge transition. When I walked out of my office on Wednesday to become a student and join my new classmates in (of all things) a quantitative, and then an economics placement exam, my head was spinning with emotions (and not nearly enough economics and math). And it hasn’t stopped.
I have 214 new classmates from 62 countries. We are taking a four-week summer program before the actual school year starts that will prepare us for the year ahead. At the same time I will be passing my job responsibilities on to those who are going to take them over.
It’s a bit overwhelming.
On August 30th, the office that has been my second home for years will no longer be mine. I will have only a locker for my belongings just like I did in high school. Will my (former) colleagues allow me to store a suitcase or something in their offices if need be? I think so, but only if they would do it for other students.
I am determined not to look back or to critique my successor. I am in this for real.
Please stay with me on this journey.