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Grandma Finishes Associate Degree at 89-Years-Old, Plans To Earn History Major Next

Learning is a lifelong process after all.


Ella Washington is a living proof that you can never be too old to accomplish your goals. At 89-years-old, the woman who was born in rural North Carolina and raised 12 children while working a full-time job, recently received her associate degree in interdisciplinary studies after letting her education take a back seat when she was still younger.

Washington was only able to complete grade 6 when she was young as she had to work in their family farm. After having her own family, she moved to Washington D.C. and took on several jobs to help provide for her children.

Ella Washington had to let her education take a back seat when she was young as she had to help in their family farm in North Carolina.

According to her daughter Ellen Mitchell, despite her limited education back then, Washington taught all of her children how to read, write, and do math before they even began school – something that she acquired from her own grandmother.

“Her desire for learning and for pursuing an education became a family tradition,” Mitchell said.

While Washington worked most of her life (from a custodian at the Pentagon to a certified nursing assistant at an adult daycare) and only retired six years ago, she felt that there’s more in life that she can accomplish. Hence, at the age of 83 years old, she enrolled in Liberty University in Washington upon the suggestion of her daughter. Back in 1978, she already obtained her GED diploma after she enrolled in adult education.

She has always had the passion for learning. So she enrolled for an associate degree in Liberty University at the age of 83.

Finally, Washington received her associate diploma degree in interdisciplinary studies recently. While such a feat is already awe-inspiring, it seems that she will not stop at having an associate degree as she draws a bead on majoring in history.

After all, the 89-year-old woman believes that education will help people make the best of their lives.

Now 89, she intends to study further – and a degree in history is her next target.

Washington said:

“To me, history is a great subject. Everybody should know their history and learn more about it. A lot of people don’t know much about history. There’s nothing wrong with learning more.”


75-Year Old Woman Finally Fulfills Dream of Earning College Degree

She was only waiting to take her final exams to graduate decades ago when a war in her homeland erupted.

Nothing is impossible for someone who works hard to get what he or she wants in life. This was once again proven by a 75-year-old woman who graduated from college recently after her attempt to finish her education was thwarted by the Vietnam War several decades ago.

Phuong Truong recently walked down the stage to receive her college diploma, finally fulfilling something that she had long wanted. After all, she could have earned her bachelor’s degree long time ago in her homeland Vietnam, if not only because of the war that erupted at the time.

Phuong Truong was only waiting for her final exams before she could earn her college diploma when the Vietnam War erupted.

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93-Year Old Grandma Finally Overcomes Fear By Sliding Down Giant Water Slide

You’re never too old to overcome your fear!

It is said that the best way to overcome your fear is by facing it. In fact, you’re never too old to conquer one - just like what an nonagenarian grandmother did to confront one of her longstanding fears: Water.

A 93-year-old grandmother, Lucy finally confronted her lifelong fear of water as she cascaded down a giant pool slide in her YMCA neighborhood where she works out three times a week since her husband passed away. While Lucy spends three hours in the pool for each visit, she had never felt comfortable in water for one understandable reason: She does not know how to swim.

In fact, Lucy never gets into the water when it gets over her shoulders. That's why trainers Ben and Taylor would always keep a watchful eye on her.

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Man Runs Across America Like Forrest Gump, Proposes To Girlfriend At Finish Line

Well that’s a better ending, compared to the movie.

A man who wants to make a difference has finally fulfilled his wish of running across America, just like Forrest Gump. While Tom Hanks’ beloved character in the the eponymous movie did not have a happy ending as the love of his life, Jenny (Robin Wright), perished, Rob Pope chose to add a heartwarming twist to his real-life version of the movie after reaching the finish line.

For the 39-year old man, running across America is in no way just a copycat of Hanks’ iconic movie character. After all, his mother once told him that he must do one thing in his life to make a difference in the world.

Rob Pope’s desire to run across America like Forrest Gump is fueled by his desire to make this world a better place to live.

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