‘Always follow your dreams.’ Despite having an initial hesitation about ‘What will people say?’, we should pursue our passions in life. Even if it means going back to school at a really mature age because education never stops. For instance, smashing conventional mindsets, 106-year-old Bhageerathi Amma from Kerala took digitals classes to appear for her class 7 exam.
Astonishing, right? Well, many people are not able to complete their education at a particular age due to various reasons like – family responsibility, financial troubles, lack of interest at the moment, or societal pressure. However, there are several individuals who break the traditional norms to restart their careers later in life.
From going to law school at the age of 58 to getting a Ph.D. on turning 80, have a look at these inspiring stories that prove age is just a number and education can be completed at any point in life. All you need to do is set your heart at it.
I start university tomorrow at the age of 54. I could not be more proud.
— Emma Preston (@EmmaJanePreston) September 13, 2020
Amazing!! Ill be just turning 43 when I graduate with my BSc Hons in Human Biology after having no education for most of my life. I was 15+ years in retail and had to change what I was doing with my life. If I can, anyone can! You'll do amazing!! Enjoy!! 👏
— Diane-Lee Moore 💀 (@DisAngelTherapy) September 14, 2020
Go you!! I started at age 64 and I’m now a senior. Should be graduating in Spring but cut back to part time to help out with grandson. College has been one of the best things I could have done for myself. Such a sense of accomplishment!
— Jennifer Corbitt (@jennitenn) September 14, 2020
You're going to love it! I started my PhD at 39, finished at 45. Got a grad certificate at 55. One of my profs said he loved teaching us older students, as we already knew why we were there, and wanted to be there. (Of course, true for many younger Ss as well, but not all.)
— Kathleen Perez-Lopez (@KMGPL) September 14, 2020
I got a degree when I was 22, I've not put it to any use. I didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up.
Here I am at 45 about to start another degree but this time it's something I'm passionate about, and I hope I'll be good at.
Maybe I've grown up!
— ImsoTissy (@ImsoTissy) September 14, 2020
Many congrats! My better half in 2016 receiving her 2nd deg at 53. Her first was about 10 years earlier..enjoy yourself! We learn everyday. pic.twitter.com/awBQJChn6d
— StJohn (@stjohn121) September 15, 2020
I completed my first degree (maths) aged 42 and my second (physics) aged 71. Study is thoroughly enlivening.
Success to you!
— Scotland better in the EU (@barlow_robert) September 14, 2020
I began my full time funded PhD in medical stats at age 49 and passed with no corrections at 53. Did my previous two degrees as a mature student as well. Now retired and doing online degree level equine nutrition modules. Never too old to learn. Good luck.
— Lesley Wood (@DrWood121) September 14, 2020
I went to uni at 42, it was the highlight of my life. I graduated my Masters this year (ripe age of 51) and who knows what next? Good luck and enjoy every minute xx
— Gaynor Baker (@GaynorBaker5) September 14, 2020
I know a female lawyer who went to law school at 58 yrs old. She got accepted to a attend a university in France. She didn’t know French so she learned that as well. She’s still a working lawyer at nearly 80 yrs old! YOU GOT THIS! 🙌🏼
— AIDA 𝕜𝕚𝕟𝕘 (@whosthisaida) September 15, 2020
Best of luck. I graduated as a teacher at 60. Been lecturing since. I had a student three years ago started her degree at 54. She was so nervous. She graduated last year with a first class honours. You can do this!!!!
— Phil Tovey (@ToveyPhil) September 14, 2020
Congratulations! I went as a mature student as well and I regret nothing. I started at 33 and had a PhD by 44. These were some of the best times of my life, even with the sacrifices and tears. Enjoy it!
— Dr. NM Adams-Quackenbush, CPsychol (@Nikky15) September 14, 2020
My oldest graduate student was Shaul Shaul. He got his master degree at 75 and his PhD at 80. We wrote two papers together. I enjoyed every minute we spent discussing science, history, and life. Sadly, he died at 92.
You SHOULD be very proud of your achievements. Good luck!
— Dan Graur (@DanGraur) September 14, 2020
😊😊it is NEVER too late to go back to school! School has no age, age is just a man kind kind mentality that limits you from spreading your wings.
I'm proud of you much as I don't know you.💐💐
— Vicky (@Iam_VickyWOG) September 14, 2020
What an inspiring thread! It certainly goes on to show, ‘There is no age to learning.’