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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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These Two "Traditions" Seem To Only Be Normal To Latinos


These Two “Traditions” Seem To Only Be Normal To Latinos

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Did your mom ever do this to you?

Latino USA recently talked with some of its own employees about childhood traditions. Latino USA producer Fernanda Echávarri shared her own story about two traditions that she thought everyone else was doing but, as she explains in the podcast, it wasn’t until later that she learned they were definitely more Latino than anything else.

Some Latina moms shave their baby’s hair so it grows thicker.

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As a child born in the 80s in Mexico, Echávarri’s parents totally believed the myth and, in line with Mexican tradition for children with little hair, she was shaved. Of course she didn’t remember getting her hair shaved, but when she saw pictures later in life she demanded that they be destroyed, well, sort of.

There’s also the ear piercing ritual before leaving the hospital.

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This one has some truth to it as a tradition. According to a historian interviewed in the podcast, piercing the ears was something in Aztec culture and it was done to both boys and girls. The blood that was spilled was seen as a kind of sacrifice for the gods and the piercing would be a day-long ceremony. Maria Hinojosa, who spoke in the podcast, talked about how when she had her daughter, she asked the doctor to pierce her ears. Of course, she was told no since it would require a plastic surgeon so she waited for 10 months and took the child to have the ears pierced. She confesses that she feels like a bad mom.

READ: Proof Latino Parents Deprived Us of a Normal Childhood

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