You Are Never Too Old To Learn
posted by Deven Desai
Reuters reports that a 94-year-old woman in Australia has become the oldest person to receive a master’s degree. The woman, Phyllis Turner, obtained a Medical Science Masters Degree from Australia’s Adelaide University for her research on “the anthropological history of Australia prior to European settlement.” She left school at age 12 and returned much later to obtain her undergraduate degree with honors in 2002 and then her masters. The quotes from her supervisor are worth repeating: “Mentally she was like any other student. You couldn’t tell her thinking, her enthusiasm and her interests apart from somebody who was 25. She has a lively mind,” he told Reuters. “She used to wake up at 5am in the morning and think about something, and then ring to say she wanted to check on it.”
My school has older students whom I love to teach, and I recall the so-called reentry students at Berkeley were great to talk to (they also had I believe the highest GPA as group which tended to annoy the straight from high school crowd). So no real comment other than it is great to see someone at any age jump into their education and achieve. In short, well done, Ms. Turner.