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STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences

Authors

Brian Meyer

Abstract

After his first semester at the University of Illinois, freshman Don Beitz walked into his adviser's office to register for second-semester classes. His adviser pointed a finger at him and said, "Beitz! You're going to graduate school!" Beitz, who described himself as a rather timid new college student, said: "What's graduate school?" His adviser told him; it meant he'd be taking a lot more math, chemistry and physics. Beitz liked the sound of that; he excelled in all those. Then his adviser pointed his finger again. He pointed down the hallway, where he told Beitz to go see a colleague and ask for a job working in his research lab. Beitz listened and took both suggestions. He also learned a lesson in advising students that he's used many times in his 45 years on the Iowa State faculty.

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