A woman hopes her example will inspire others.
Pat Ormond, who turns 75 in December, enrolled at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta 42 years ago. After one semester, she dropped out and moved to the city of Chattanooga. For several decades, she worked as an accountant and took care of her family .
The woman occasionally took classes at a local university, and her family often persuaded her to return to the walls of the institution to pursue a degree. After retiring, Ormond finally decided to pursue her dream. This decision was also influenced by the fact that her granddaughter wanted to transfer to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
The family members studied in different departments and before the pandemic they rarely managed to catch each other between classes, but the coronavirus situation made a difference and at some point they started studying remotely. “It’s definitely more difficult, I prefer face-to-face learning,” Pat admitted. She added that she enjoyed participating in discussions and interacting with different people.
“The learning process never ends – my father taught me that,” she said, noting that she always knew she would graduate sooner or later. The woman added that she does not intend to settle for what she has achieved and plans to pursue a degree in history in the near future.