Age,age,Age!

Three and a half years ago, my wonderful husband encouraged me to sign up for a college degree. Prior to meeting him, I had on several occasions flirted with the idea of going back to school, but the thought was always daunting. The longer I waited though, the wider the gap got. I finally signed up for a placement test at my nearest Community College. I remember asking he come with me in case I changed my mind. I also remember regretting this when he made me go back to the front desk to ask for a math test that I had conveniently skipped for fear of failing. My score was very low and I was placed in a beginner’s class for both Math and English. The first couple of weeks were challenging because I felt like a fraud, out of place and always conscious of my age. The funny thing is that no one seemed to pay attention, or if they did, they did not show it. Everyone was just getting on with it, or like me, figuring things out. It was great! I had an amazingly supportive family, and my Professors were simply awesome. Everyone was helpful whenever I sought help and sure enough, I started enjoying my time at college. Fast forward to June 2021, I am officially finished with college and will soon be joining University.

I have come to view age as a natural process that Must occur. Rather than a hindrance, age is a necessity for continuity. In the meantime, I will carry on dreaming and I will work to achieve those dreams. My friend likes to remind me that we never stop learning as long as we live. The day we stop is the day we die, or is it the other way around?

Published by Msdedeng

Most importantly, I am a daughter, a wife, and a friend. I am also a student who still has lots to learn.

81 thoughts on “Age,age,Age!

  1. Congratulations! What an awesome gift to be to go study. I agree with you age is not something that should stop you πŸ‘ After working as a cartographer before having children and staying at home while raising them I went back to study psychology at the age of 44 and it was such fun to be with all different ages.

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  2. Congratulations!!!!! I’m very proud of you and what you’ve accomplished. What are you going to university to study?

    Also, I’m adding this post to the one I just published today.

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  3. That is great news. Congratulations. I tell myself that as well.. I love to learn, there’s so much to learn and it does never stop. πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful week! And all the best into university.

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  4. Congratulations on taking the step, may you keep learning, growing and prospering. Thanks for sharing to, it’s inspiring with a powerful statement of truth at the end

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  5. Exactly, well said, philosopher. Truth is, everyone is just concerned about themselves, simple as that. 99% of the time, we are thinking about ourselves: health, love, children, money, etc. Everyone is just trying to get on with their life really.

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  6. Congratulations πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ
    It’s crazy how sometimes we stop ourselves from things because, we feel like the world is watching and really everyone (mostly) is just trying to keep their stuff together 🀣🀣..
    Here’s to supportive family.
    Onwards and forwards
    Congrats
    ~B

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  7. Omg that’s awesome! I’m so proud of you. Congrats for completing college and best wishes for the future. I think you’ll find some of your best friends there, I did too. πŸ€—πŸ’œ

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  8. Congratulations, Angela! Not only did you complete your studies, but in so doing, you surpassed your husband’s motivation. When you started this journey, your husband needed to encourage you (ah, the things we do for love…).

    Now that you’ve earned your degree, the eagerness is all yours. Proof right there going to school not only helps you be a better person, it makes you smarter! See?

    OK, what’s next?

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  9. Thank you very much!
    College only focuses on undergraduate programs, while universities offer both undergraduate and Graduate/Masters/PHD degrees. Some people choose to skip college and do a 4 year program in University, but because I have done college, I only get to do 2 years at Uni.
    Does this make sense?

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  10. Congratulations Angela! I hope you have a great time at uni. Whenever I ask my students to write down advice for a younger self, lots of them say “form a study group’. Including the mature students. πŸ˜€ Last year one wrote “don’t study so hard”, which was a first.

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  11. Congratulations Angela for taking that step forward, despite all apprehensions. Kudos to your family for all the support they have given you in this journey. I wish you all the best with your University program. πŸ‘πŸ»β€οΈ

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  12. Thanks! I was 18 when he died at 21. I went back to University at 22 but was always older than the other students. You’ve been through a lot, too, so it’s great you are doing so well and have your husband to support you in your dreams.

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  13. Congrats!! It’s so rewarding to go after dreams and it’s so wonderful to have family support you and your dreams!! University of Riverside is a great school and right around the corner from me!! EXCITING!! My kids did the same, attended Jr college and then transferred to university’s. Great way to get back into college to complete your goals. ❀️ ~Diana

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  14. Congratulations Angela, as an educator I must say, I am very very happy to read and hear stories like yours…and yes me too at 45 i still have plan of pursuing one more degree😊😊😊

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  15. I am sorry to hear about your brother’s passing, and how his death affected you. Sounds like you persisted and went for it, plus at 22, you were definitely young yourself. Life is a constant lesson and journey with many turns. And look how you turned out. you did great, Katelon. πŸ™‚

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  16. Congratulations on completing community college and moving on to University. My brother died suddenly during my first semester of college and I just couldn’t go on. After that I was lost. Then I ended up getting married young, and took a few community college classes. I started back to University being a single mother to a 2 1/2 year old and I was almost 22. It felt strange to be in school with all the young students without kids, and it took me awhile to make it through but I made it. It’s wonderful you are sticking with it even though you feel older than the other students. It is never to late to learn and grow.

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  17. My goodness, Kate, what a great aunt. What a wonderful gesture and attitude. Speaks volumes!
    My major is History and English, but I am seriously considering International Relations. Will see and let you know.

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  18. Congratulations!!!! That’s a big achievement! And you are blessed for the family support you got throughout the process!
    My neighbour is 50 and just made a decision to go back to school, as he dropped out of school years ago, but now regrets it!
    I am going back to school even after my graduation in December. It doesn’t stop!
    Proud of you!!!!
    Gods blessings in the next journey

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  19. It’s funny that young people are more conscious of age than older ones. You’ve come to the right conclusion, age is a natural progression, disregard it where it doesn’t matters. All the best.

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  20. congrats Angela, bravo for your persistence and an encouraging partner! Well done.

    I totally agree with your friends words … my great aunt at 86 yo went to learn Italian coz she wanted to speak to her neighbours. She felt if they had to learn english why shouldn’t she learn their language πŸ™‚

    Any thoughts about what you plan to study?

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  21. Congratulations, Angela on your college completion! ❀ Onward and upward! Good luck at the University. Where will you be attending? My mother, sister, and I all graduated at about your age.

    All the best! πŸ™‚

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  22. I plan to go back to college after paying off my braces. I would like to finish my degree even though it won’t change my income at work. I am doing it for me and for the accomplishment.

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