This is an inspiring tale of determination and lifelong learning! 101-year-old Sarah Simpkins is on track to obtain a college degree alongside her granddaughter at Brightpoint Community College in Chester, VA.
Enrolled in an early childhood education program, Simpkins’ remarkable journey is made possible through Virginia’s Senior Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974, a program that allows senior citizens to pursue higher education at no cost, as reported by WTOK News and Virginia Western.
“I wanted to do that just to prove to me that I can do it,” Simpkins expressed to the outlet.
Dedicating her Tuesdays and Thursdays to in-person art classes, Simpkins indulges in her personal favorite among student activities. Despite the challenges, she effortlessly navigates her standard coursework, stating:
“When I go to do the homework, that’s easy. Piece of cake.”
Describing her grandmother, Shepherd-Crawford shared:
“My grandmother’s just an inspiration.”
“It’s special because we both will finish together, and we’ll both walk across the stage together. It made us work harder. And that was our motivation. We’re gonna do this together. We’re gonna finish together.”
Simpkins, who finished her first semester at Brightpoint Community College with a remarkable 3.5 GPA, attributes her long life to maintaining a positive spirit and living in the moment.
“You know what, I never plan that far ahead,” Simpkins remarked, encapsulating the essence of her resilient spirit and commitment to embracing every moment of life.