He Dropped Out Of College To Marry His Dream Girl. At 82, He’s Finishing What He Started

It’s never too late to go back to school. Just ask 82-year-old Rene Neira, who’s working on finishing up his associate’s degree at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas.

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Neira, the son of Mexican immigrants, went to St. Mary’s University in San Antonio back in the 1950s, but then dropped out after meeting and falling in love with the woman who eventually became his wife. Since dropping out, according to the San Antonio Express-News, Neira has gone back to school here and there.

Oh, and did we mention that he’s attending college alongside his 18-year-old granddaughter, Melanie Salazar?

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Last week, the college freshman tweeted the photos you see here with the caption, “I’m so proud of my grandpa for finishing his first day at PAC this semester! 82 years old and not giving up!!! ???”

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The Texas college student says that she wanted to bring attention to her grandfather’s accomplishment and passion for learning.

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“I don’t want to take credit for it. It’s not my story. It’s all my grandpa’s story. I just so happen to have social media,” Salazar told ABC News. “It’s amazing that it just took off and people are inspired by this and motivated, more importantly, to get their education.”


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