Monthly Archive for May, 2013

A Lifetime of Learning

Bob Warnke-blogThis week I saw an interview between George W. Bush who was talking about his father George H.W. Bush. Diane Sawyer of ABC News conducted the interview. Ms. Sawyer asked the question, “How is your father doing?” George W. said that he was doing very well, and the reason is that he never loses interest in life. He constantly wants to keep learning at the age of 88, and George W. said that is the reason George H.W. is still active and doing well.

You know what? I totally agree with George W., and that is the reason why I decided to get a degree from UW Oshkosh. It has been a long road five years, and several surgeries later I will be walking down the aisle at Kolf Sports Center on May 11,2013,

There’s another part of this that’s worth mentioning–I really did not have to do this. You see, I will be 71 years old in November. I have worked all my life and I am still very active in local politics, namely the Winnebago County Board of Supervisors District 21 for the last 11 years, and I still maintain a Real Estate License and other things. That keeps me busy, (including my 3 grandchildren). My point is you have got to keep active after you decide to call it quits on your day job. I wanted to learn so I decided to go back to college and get that degree.

I think that in my mind I had no idea of how hard this mission would be to accomplish. I was thinking along the lines of maybe doing a few papers and they would give me that degree. Wrong! I really did not think that there were so many hoops that I had to jump through in order to complete all the requirements. If I am scaring you and making you think about your decision of going back to school; please read on because it does get better.

I cannot tell you of the wonderful world that UWO has opened up for me. I have learned so much in the last five years and I have met so many wonderful people, professors, teachers, advisors, liberians, the Learning Center, the Writing Center, and last but not least several students who could be by grandchildren. Do you know what? They treated me just like another student. Most of all they had no reservations about helping me and several went above and beyond to help me get over the humps to figure out how to do something. The same goes for the professors, teachers, my wife and children who would work with me when I had a problem.

I do not want to start naming specific individuals because I feel like I may miss someone. But I do want to mention the advisors. They can be one of your biggest assets, and I definitely suggest you get to know them because they can guide you through the maze of completing all your requirements. These people are there to help you so my advice is to use the resources. Speaking of resources , UWO has a wonderful library and some of the nicest reference librarians you would ever meet. If you need help getting sources for a paper they are there for you. My point being is this: If you have made the decision to go back to UW Oshkosh, I can attest to the fact that you have made the right decision. My advice is “just do it.” You will not regret it. I have seen many adult students achieving their goals through the degree programs.

I would like to close my last blog by saying “THANK YOU” to everyone who has helped me at UW Oshkosh and to those of you who are thinking of starting school. Don’t be afraid, you can do it! I did it, and I proved to my three kids who all graduated from UW-Madison that the “OLD MAN CAN DO IT TOO”! Don’t ever stop learning. Stay cool and Good Luck.

Bob Warnke, 71, is a Bachelor’s of Liberal Studies Organizational Administration and Leadership student from Oshkosh, Wis. Warnke wanted to go back to college to fulfill one of his goals, and to show his three children he could do it too. Warnke is also a Winnebago County Board member.


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