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Interview #938: Sykes, Marguerite (June, 2009)

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00:44:52 - 00:46:52 Reflections

reflections, regrets, career, expectations

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LB

Are there things that you wish you could have done while you were here that you didn't get to do?

MS

Good question. Sure, I guess I wish I would have gone back to school a lot earlier than I was encouraged to, and not to be an engineer but to do something else. Maybe botany, I don't know. Yeah I guess I really liked it when I could do research and write and present. So, I guess I wish that would have happened sooner. I don't have [many] real regrets really at all.

LB

That's great.

MS

Yeah.

LB

I guess then did your career meet your expectations?

MS

I think so, yeah. I never thought I would be working that long. I think everyone my age when we graduated from college you know it was finding a job until you had a family and that sort of thing, but then it became necessary to work. Then it became really fun to work, so I guess that was the evolution. One comment about retirement, I still dream about people from the Lab and it was every day for a couple of years and now it still is [happens]. Not even the people necessarily that I was the closest to here at the Lab, but you know just for some reason I don't why I think about them and there they would be in my dream. So it is something that sticks with you when you are out of this place, I guess it was thirty some years I worked here, so a long time.

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