My Delaware County Community College!

Delaware County Community College will always be my favorite school despite the many degrees I obtained elsewhere and the things I learned about myself and my somewhat hidden potential.

I was the first in my family to go to college. My mother, whose own parents came from Hungary, was the first to graduate high school. My father, who immigrated from a Greek island when he was 15, never went beyond sixth grade.

Was I “college material?” I asked myself as I sat in a bunker in Vietnam in 1971 as a first lieutenant in charge of a mortar platoon. I had just finished reading Plato’s allegory about the cave. Years later, I learned he was comparing “the effect of education and the lack of it on our nature,” according to Wikipedia.

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I used my parents’ address in Wayne, PA, some 30 miles outside of Philadelphia, and submitted the application several weeks before I left the war zone. I got home and was attending an “orientation” less than 30 days after the homecoming. Some long-hair skinny hippie-looking dude was welcoming everyone with a big hug. I thought to myself that I would deck him if he tried to touch me but he stayed away from me. (He must have recognized my PTSD.)

What should I major in, I asked my parents’ neighbor, a burly man from Scotland. Well, what did you study in high school, laddie?” he asked me. “Printing,” I told him about the trade school I graduated from in Philadelphia called Dobbins Tech.

“Well, you should study journalism,” he replied. “They’re both the same.”

No, not really, I learned as soon as I got to the school. But the advice stayed with me and I eventually followed the suggestion.

(See Part II for Community college creates career choices)

4 comments on “My Delaware County Community College!

  1. contoveros says:

    The following exchange was provided on Linkedin:

    Arlys KrimView
    All Tasks Considered

    Interesting memoir. Loved reading it.

    Michael J Contos

    Thanks. I didn’t realize how much influence Plato’s allegory on the cave and reality had on my life.
    I read the book in the war zone and then wrote a letter back to the States to enroll in the community college. I never knew that the allegory had actually dealt with the effect of education and the lack of it.
    Synchronicity was at work in my life way back then!

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  2. […] (See Part I “My Delaware County Community College!”) […]

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