Participating in this special issue has given me the opportunity to reflect on my career in terms of the choices I made, the lessons I learned, and the missed opportunities. I start with a brief history of my academic career to provide context for some of the lessons I have learned. After the chronological history, I discuss lessons learned, missed opportunities, and offer my thoughts on teaching, research, publishing, and service to the academic profession. I conclude with some takeaways that may be useful to doctoral students and junior faculty.

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