96-Year-Old Woman Fulfills Her Lifelong Dream Of Going To High School

"Now I can write letters to my boyfriends."

Many of us take our time in the classroom for granted. But this 96-year-old woman is now fulfilling her lifelong dream of going to high school in Tuxtla Gutierrex, Mexico. Guadalupe Palacios grew up in poverty in an indigenous village and spent her childhood helping out on her family farm instead of sitting in a classroom, according to the news service AFP

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The mother of six recently didn't learn to read or write until she was 92 and enrolled in a literacy program. 

"Now I can write letters to my boyfriends," she told AFP. 

From there, she decided to continue her education by registering for a primary school program for adult learners and then a middle school one. Palacios finished both in less than four years. 

She couldn't find a high school program for adult learners, so she enrolled in a regular public school where she's surrounded by teenage classmates. Her goal is to graduate by the time she turns 100.

"I feel ready to give it my all," Palacios told AFP on her first day of class. "Today is a marvelous day." She dressed up in the school uniform, adding her own personal touch with a pink sweater, and sat in the very front of the classroom

She's setting an excellent example that it's never too late to learn or reach a goal, and she is showing kids how much they should appreciate the opportunity to go to school. 

"This IS the epitome of motivation!" a Twitter user wrote. "Amazing woman!"

Cover image via Diego Cervo / Shutterstock.com

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