In response to the Daily Blogging Prompt: If I could turn back time. If you could return to the past to relive a part of your life, either to experience the wonderful bits again, or to do something over, which part of you life would you return to? Why?
I wish I could go back and start college all over again. I would do it very differently. First of all I wouldn’t take classes that wouldn’t help me in any way to earn a living. One can learn literature and philosophy from reading books on the subjects that one finds interesting. I can’t remember gaining much of anything for sitting through 3 months of lectures on Aristotle. If I were starting college now, I would major in a foreign language. If I had known a foreign language, my entire work-life would have been different, probably more lucrative, and undoubtedly more interesting. I had secretarial skills, so if I had combined that with knowledge of a foreign language, I could have done much better. I met a girl once, who majored in French in college. She was a secretary for a French bank in San Francisco and made very good money.
In college, I never thought of earning a living as the end result. For me the end result was just to be a well-educated and more interesting person. If you are of that frame of mine, you probably will always have trouble earning a living, unless you are really innovative or lucky.
Back when I went to college in the 60’s and 70’s, it was pretty near free. I think if it were costing me an arm and a leg as it does now, I probably would have taken it more seriously. Even though the colleges I went to were almost free, I still had to work my way through them. Kids I knew who had parents flipping the bills, took college even less seriously than I did.
I would also study much harder. In college if a class were too difficult, I would drop it. That’s how immature I was back then.
What I want is to go through college with the same maturity that I now have as an old woman. Talk about living a fantasy.