HELEN LANG: Pass along a good education

There were students who worked at night, those who house (or baby) sat, part-time to pay for text books or to pay for clothing.

If you have something valuable please pass it on.

I’m not talking about a diamond bracelet or a home in France. I’m thinking of an education. My parents were affluent enough to pay my way, although I did work during the summers. I never really earned enough to pay for everything; tuition, board and room, transportation, text books and clothing.

There were students who did pay their own way, and I salute them, and I hope life has rewarded them for their ambition and pluck. They certainly deserve it. It can’t have been easy, but it points out what can be accomplished if you want it badly enough.

There were students who worked at night,  those who house (or baby) sat, part-time to pay for text books or to pay for clothing.

May I suggest students visit a university or college during the summer,  when they’ll likely find used text books, some with valuable (or mis-leading) underlined sections at a greatly reduced price. New textbooks are almost always a terrible price. The book stores know you have to have them and they are in the business of making money. So used texts are almost always available in the early days of September when you’ll have a list of the books necessary for the courses you’ll need to become: a) a brain surgeon; b) a lawyer, or; c) a beloved kindergarten teacher.

It’s a very exciting time, getting everything ready for nine months of studying, meeting new people, reading and writing exams, learning about life. It’s a lot of work but it is a wonderful experience. You’ll never regret it, or forget it and I hope you recall all the good stuff and realize the lasting value of a decent education.

Even now, in my 90s, I’m using my education to write a gardening column. I love the challenge and believe it or not, folks are still reading it (not so much for the so-called “expertise,” but the light-hearted way it is presented — a reader told me so and I’m delighted he is reading it for whatever reason!

I Just sent a happy “WHOOP’ from the balcony. Do you suppose that’s why I hear several sirens and see a  couple of  police cars approaching? I’m outta here!

Just Posted

After dark: Sandown construction goes overnight

Noise concerns from Sidney could stop nighttime work schedule

Pioneer Park chosen as site of Central Saanich’s new cenotaph

After some back and forth over the years, Central Saanich councillors chose… Continue reading

Central Saanich property taxes may rise 2.97 per cent

Higher police costs due to new CRD dispatch

BC SPCA proposes fines for animal mistreatment, reduction in commercial trade

Animal welfare group’s ideas brought to Victoria councillors

Duncan family says care home switched mom’s cat with robot cat

Staff alleged to have said they were taking cat for bath, then replaced her with robotic stuffed toy

B.C. Games open with Olympic touch

The 2018 B.C. Winter Games kicked off in Kamloops

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Suspect and Mountie bitten by police dog during arrest near Nanaimo

Two suspects were arrested in connection with a stolen pickup truck in Cassidy on Thursday evening

B.C. ski cross racer wins Olympic gold

Kelowna’s Kelsey Serwa wins the gold medal in thrilling fashion in PyeongChang

All aboard! Job fair ports this weekend in Victoria

Find out about the hundreds of jobs in Victoria’s cruise ship industry

New charges against ex-Trump campaign associates

More charges were laid Thursday against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and his business associate

Sooke mom hopeful for funding to treat child’s debilitating arthritis

Jillian Lanthier ‘prays’ for $19,000 per-dose drug for her son

Man accused in death of Winnipeg teen Tina Fontaine not guilty

Raymond Cormier was accused of killing Indigenous 15-year-old and dumping her body in the Red River

Okanagan real estate agents brace for speculation tax impact

“There’s a real potential for a domino effect to hurt the market in Kelowna.”

Most Read