One woman beat the odds and proved the saying “Better late than never” to be true. Originally from the city of Wolverhampton in England, the woman had to leave school for family reasons. Now, 60 years later, she has embarked on a journey to make her lifelong dream come true. At a young age, her parents asked Janet MacDougall to forget about education and focus on marriage and family life. She wanted to start learning, but was told that a design degree wouldn’t get her a job. She is now 77 years old and is on the verge of completing her arts degree. So what was her background and what prompted her to pursue university studies at age 70? Janet lost her youngest daughter to throat cancer seven years ago. After the death of her 45-year-old daughter, who has always been the creative, artistic and musical designer, Janet chose painting as an outlet for her grief. She felt inspired to make her childhood dreams come true and signed up for a course.
Of the course, Janet told Express & Star, “I love tutors in college and creating work. This is great for people who might be feeling lonely or looking to do something for themselves after many years of caring for other people.
After a long struggle, she realized her desire to study. She is about to graduate and is now in her final year at the University of Wolverhampton. She was also successful in obtaining a student loan to pay for the course on textiles and surface patterns. Later she would tell the BBC: “Although I’m not good with computers, I really like the creative side.”
Before focusing on her family, Janet worked as a window dresser and counter assistant in a pharmacy.
Sharon Watts, course manager at the university, told Express & Star: “The university is a very strong ambassador for lifelong learning and I think Jan’s story embodies that to everyone. viewpoints. She added that Janet’s story is exceptional because she has had a difficult journey. She feels that she has truly demonstrated that it is never too late to learn.
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