AARP’s innovative founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, was passionate about education and cultivating the minds of eager learners. She firmly believed in the importance of study, serving as a school principal for 28 years and receiving her Ph.D. in education.
Dr. Andrus maintained that people don’t get older but instead grew older. As we age, we collect knowledge and wisdom. Also as we age, there are constant opportunities to learn and explore new ideas.One way to do this is through university and college courses. College is not solely for younger people pursuing degrees to start their careers. Enrollment is open to anyone, regardless of age and frequently regardless of whether or not they’re seeking a degree.
In the Alamo City, Palo Alto College is an example of where older adults can go to attend classes. (And, as the venue for AARP’s mayoral debate last night, it’s a place where we learned what our candidates thought.)
To enroll, you need to complete an application through Apply Texas. If you’re worried about the cost, don’t stress. Reduced tuition and fee dismissal are perks for those age 65+ seeking to enroll in courses.
Palo Alto College boasts a large class variety. Along with the standard courses offered, there are activity classes on music, art and fitness.
With a one-time audit fee of $65, older adults age 65+ are able to audit courses depending on the space and availability of the class. This is an affordable option for those wishing to not receive credit and to learn out of curiosity.
The information and insight these courses lend can add value to a resume or even just a nice dinner party. Impress your friends by reciting the causes and effects of the Cold War. What year did Prohibition end? 1933. What country was the Treaty of Versailles signed in? Germany. Bam. You know all the answers.
Education and becoming a lifelong learner is vital to one’s growth, regardless of the number that’s your age. Just as Dr. Andrus once said, “No one’s possibilities should ever be limited by their age.”
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