Rosa Salgado, a 79-year-old Colombian woman who lives in Miami, told the Miami Herald that she had always hoped to go to college. This weekend, she made her lifelong dream a reality, graduating with a degree in education from Miami Dade College's Wolfson campus, along with two of her grandchildren, David and Mauricio Salgado.
Salgado moved to the United States in 1995 and initially began her studies in 1996, but had to put them on hold throughout the years for various reasons, including in 2005 when her youngest daughter was in a car crash that left her in a coma. "She had some personal setbacks, and she beat them all, and I'm very proud of her," one of Salgado's professors, Sara Bulnes, said.
Salgado graduated with honors this weekend and said she hopes to be an inspiration to others.
"I would say to students, young, old or in the middle, that every day they have to fight to learn because learning is wonderful," Salgado said. "And I know there are a lot of things I still have to learn."
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.