Optical Engineering • Open AccessIt’s Never Too Late to Learn
•It’s never too late to fall in love. Sandy Wilson •It’s never too late to start over, never too late to be happy. Jane Fonda •It’s never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot •It’s never too late to give up our prejudices. Henry David Thoreau One thing for sure, it’s never too late to learn or to get an education. It’s certainly never too late to pursue a doctorate. I had an experience with this when my roommate and I were going through the engineering doctoral program. His mother was about 55 at the time, and she signed up for a doctoral program in business. I was in a rush to finish, but my roommate joined the Navy and flew jets for a few years in the middle of his program. His mother not only finished her business degree, but also obtained a tenure track-position at Ole Miss and retired as an associate professor of business a number of years later. Over the past 30 years, I have had great fun with my friend that his mom kicked his butt in school. Although, I have to admit, my friend ended up being very successful in both the Navy and as a high-level engineer with many research and development successes.