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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
My Life's Itinerary.....So Far - Part 3
Summer vacations from school go by so fast! In the Fall of 1967, I was a Freshman at Northeastern University in Boston. Talk about a change of environment! Here I am, a small town kid from a place with a population of 5000 (not counting tourists) going to a big city school where the enrollment is seven times the size of my hometown!
At Northeastern, I was enrolled in a five-year Electrical Engineering Co-op program. That meant no summers off because that is when the Co-op phase is done. From my perspective as a new Freshman, that was a bit intimidating. I was not really prepared. I was kind of a smart kid which got me through high school, but I had poor study habits and just being smart wasn't going to get me through college. So after my first semester, I knew I was doomed. I thought it best that I would strategically withdraw from college and enlist quickly before I was drafted. That didn't go exactly as planned and you will find the details in a previous blog entry called Good Morning Vietnam!
Fortunately, that isn't me..
So I return home to Kennebunk, Maine, briefly, before heading off to basic training. More to come.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. - Winston Churchill