Passing through the stages of life here, translated…
I’d borrowed the money to attend school, graduated out of Changwha Mechanical High School at eighteen, out of Taipei Skills College at twenty, at forty-three, I’d entered the competition for the skilled workers, and luckily, I was, accepted into Taiwan’s Technical University’s mechanical engineering major workers program.
The very first day of class, all of my classmates thought I was the professor, it’d, shocked me too, they were all, over a decade, almost two decades younger than I was.
The first math engineering maths exam, a classmate told me, sir, I can sit next to you. I’d asked him, why? He said, you’re older, if you didn’t know an answer, I can pass the answers to you. I’d told him, no thank you, I will work hard, and see where that’ll get me!
like this??? Not my photograph…
The second semester came quickly enough, the first major exam was on dynamics, a classmate came and asked me, sir, where are you sitting on this exam? I’d asked him what it was about? He said, if he couldn’t answer the test questions, he’d wanted my assistance. I’d told him, it wouldn’t be necessary, you’re so very young, just study harder!”
I’d taken the commute from Hsinchu to Taipei in the evenings for my classes, and, three years came to past, and I graduated, top of my class after three years of study too!
A professor told me, you made high grades, you can get admitted without any testing into the Taiwan Technical University’s graduate department, and work by my side in research. I’d told my professor, no thank you, sir, I’m already forty-six years old, there are, still a lot of things I want to accomplish in life that I hadn’t gotten to yet.
And now, I’m, sixty-one years-old, and still working on, my own life here!
So, this man entered back into the systems to further his knowledge base so it can add on to his knowledge in his career, and, he was, the oldest guy in the class, and as he passed through his classes, gotten that degree (as a process of life???), he’d realized, that real-life and hands-on experiences, are what counts more than what’s on paper.