On Tuesday, only four days into retirement, I became a master’s student.
I didn’t have time to shop for a first-day-of-school outfit, but I did buy some spiral notebooks, a scientific calculator and an external hard drive for my laptop computer. I passed up the pencil bags and magic markers—for now.
I spent part of the Labor Day weekend setting up a place to study at home. My best option was Seth’s bedroom (aka our guestroom) because it has a desk and a comfortable, though shabby, recliner. I emptied a file drawer of all my published articles and random journals I had kept of my life to make space for school files. I solved a light problem with a floor lamp that had been relegated to the TV room in the basement, but had never been plugged in.
On Tuesday and Wednesday I “shopped” classes at school, just like all the other students. Professors, who were my friends and colleagues, know me as a successful dean. But as a student?
Let the adventure begin.