This month we had the honor of hearing from Dr. Wee, President of Northeast Iowa Community College. He was willing to share his journey of how he got to where he is today.
He started off by telling us about growing up in Singapore where his parents wanted the best for him. Following his service in the Singapore Armed Forces the search for a college education ensued. He applied to colleges all over and took the first acceptance letter he received. On July 4, 1983 Dr. Wee arrived in the USA and studied at University of Arizona, Tucson.
Dr. Wee has been an educator for more than 25 years. He taught at the University of Arizona, Luther College. and since 2011 he has been the president of Northeast Iowa Community College. It was evident in listening to Dr. Wee that he is very passionate about the community he serves and every student that crosses his path.
During his talk with the YP group he spoke about following the voice inside you. When you feel like you're not happy with your career, relationship, etc. then it is time to move on. He continued to relate to his experiences and times that changes told him it was time to go do something new. Dr. Wee expressed that happiness is a large key to life. He told us that he truthfully never knew what he was going to do next, but his heart was saying it was time for something new.
Towards the end he was asked to repeat something that they had heard him say before: life isn't short, it's long. This was a new way of looking at life. Looking around the room, I could tell that others were digesting this bit of information and realizing that his reasoning made a lot of sense. Every time I hear Dr. Wee speak he always has new bits of wisdom that I take away and really process. He has an amazing way of opening your mind and making you think in a new ways. If you ever have the chance to hear from Dr. Wee you should definitely listen.
If you would like to learn more you can visit the YP Decorah Facebook page, or contact me everyone is welcome.
Thank you to Dr. Wee for speaking with us and to T-Bock's for hosting us.