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January 10, 2000

This story was written by Darlene, from Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Darlene had taken part in a pilot program entitled "Spell READ Canada". This gave her self-confidence and a better beginning for her learning. She is now determined to see her schooling to the end; she is preparing for the GED at the end of this school year.

You Are Never Too Old

by Darlene

About four years ago I was interested in coming back to school. My niece went to night school a year earlier, and wanted me to go with her. She almost had me convinced to go. Then I started thinking I was too old to start again. I was afraid that I would be the only adult there. I didn’t want to be seen with a bunch of 20 year old people, so I chickened out.

Then one day, a year later, I was listening to the radio I heard a lady talk about an adult education program that you could do at home in your spare time. It really sounded interesting. I waited a few days, and then I gave her a call. She took my name and address and asked a few questions. Then she sent me a test in math, writing, and grammar. I was doing the home school program for about a year and a half before I saw a teacher. I was still too afraid to be seen, and let people know I wasn’t educated.

But last year I decided to go to school all day. I was having problems with my math and I needed extra help. So that is when I met Raylene Bowman and Judy Cairns. Raylene used to write to me in the learn- by -mail program.

I am glad that I came back. I was really surprised at how many mature people come back to school. I didn’t feel alone. I found out that I can learn more by being in a group with other adults. The instructor really helps you when you need it. They are really patient when you can’t get it. You work at your own speed. You don’t have to feel like a failure.

When I am finished upgrading and write my GED, I would like to take a computer course, and then take Hotel Management. I would like to start my own business by building a hunting and fishing lodge.

If I can do it, so can anybody, when they put their heart in it.

You are never too old .

[This story was taken with permission, from Special Writings by Special People, published by the Antigonish County Adult Learning Association (ACALA).]

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