Don’t Quit – A 90-year Old Women’s Advise



Andrew Smith, Gaynor Hall and Nexstar of Media Wire write on The Hill that a 90-year-old great grand mother, Joyce DeFauw, recently graduated from Northern Illinois University after enrolling first 70 year.

She is reportedly the oldest person to graduate from the university. In 1951, she was enrolled in then Northern Illinois State Teachers College. She told reporters “But my goodness sake. At my church, there was this young man that certainly was attractive. And apparently it was reciprocal because we decided to get together and then I decided to leave school.”

According to the article, she said:

  • “Apparently the children said that I wish I had told them. I wish I had finished. And they thought, ‘Well, why don’t you go now? You have nothing to do, nothing better to do.’ I think you’re right. So I decided to go back. But I needed a computer.
  • “Well, I was assigned classes, but there were times when I wanted to quit. But I was, um, ‘Now, don’t quit now you’re so near. Don’t give up now.’ And I’m very thankful that I didn’t, and I had guidance and encouragement.
  • “There’s so much to learn, and life is so exciting, and we’re all given different talents. We’re all here for a reason. And so just keep going.

The 90 years old, DeFauw is reportedly received her bachelor’s degree in general studies. While receiving her degree she said “you’re never too old to finish what you started”.