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My Midlife French Lessons

Melinda Beck for The Chronicle Review

January 30, 2011 Premium content for subscribers. Subscribe Today

It's 11:57 a.m., and I'm hurrying to class with my backpack on. A colleague stops me in front of the Chemistry-Physics Building and says, "You look like a student!" Actually, I am.

At 46, I'm an associate professor of geology and one of 25 students...

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