Growing Older: Reader Essay by Steven Michael Bauer

From Minnesota Alumni Magazine Winter 2017

W2017_GrowingOlderStevenMichaelBauer_Inline300 What I know now that I wish I had known earlier: My undergraduate grades are just marginal. Had I known how valuable they would be for entry to graduate school, I may have tried harder to excel.

I have a genetic disability and see a physician every three months for prescription medications. Adapting to my disability has been hard; I could not have managed as well as I have without my wife, with whom I celebrated 33 years on September 10. My family makes allowances for me that they did not make 20 years ago. The worst thing is that I have to learn to ask for help now—that is a learned behavior.

What does young feel like? Being immortal. What does old feel like? Realizing my limitations and trying to live within them.

- Steven Michael Bauer (B.A.E. ’78), Riverside, California

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