Too old for learning? In 2000 I decided to back to education after an 8-year break. Not really that unusual by today's standards. I wanted to get my degree, so at 28 years I looked into my options and at the time Queens were offering a part-time degree that you could do over five years. So after some thought, I decided to go for it. Now at enrolment, I was considered a mature student, but I could live with that!
When I started in Oct 2000, I was very surprised to discover that I was actually one of the youngest in the class. By a strange seating selecting, I ended up sitting beside Henry, who informed me that he was retired and 65 years old.
I thought this was interesting and had to ask him the obvious question, why study now? Henry explained that when he was 16 years that he had to go into the family tailoring business. A business that he had successful owned for over forty years. He told me that he sold it last year and always felt a vacuum his life. He always loved history and for the last ten years, he had been actively involved in a local history group in Bangor. His dream was always to go to university, and at the age of 65 years, he found his time!
For the next 2 years, I sat beside Henry and enjoyed his knowledge on the subject. After years, I sought to move into other areas and seen less and less of Henry. This is not a sad thing, as he did graduate – a couple of years earlier than me. Goals regardless of age can be achieved. I no longer think myself as a mature student but a learner of life, every day gives us something new.
I would say to people if there is something that you want to do, research it, plan it and definitely take action!