EXPLORE - Winter 2017 - 6
By Vince Fagan
uddenly, I was fifty years old
and had not finished college.
I had taken one semester off
from a local college at age
28, with a solemn promise
to get back in school for the
Of course, I had a very good reason to
give myself a little break from the classroom. I was going to start a cleaning business! Yep, you're right: I never went back.
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My business grew and grew, and suddenly
I was 50.
But a college degree had always been
something I wanted very much. If I was
going back to school, I needed to learn
a new set of study habits - study habits
tailored for someone who also qualified
for an AARP card.
In two short years, I had my degree
because a kindly professor had taught me
the right way to study.
Many years later, I joined the healthcare
industry as a contract cleaner and later a
distributor. Now I was faced with learning
a whole new set of words: medical terminologies along with cleaning applications.
Pathogens would become my numberone focus. I continued to refer back to the
study skills my college professor had shared
Today, working in a large healthcare corporation, I have been afforded