79-year-old student inspires younger classmates

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) -- A Waco, Texas woman is proving age isn’t a factor, especially when it comes to getting an education

Marva White. (Photo by Nestor Montoya)

Marva White, 79, is enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program at Texas State Technical College in hopes of fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a chef.

"I've always wanted to do it, I just didn't have an opportunity when I was younger,” White said.

White began her pursuit of an associate of applied science degree in culinary arts in 2012, but an injury left her unable to handle the physical aspects of the coursework.

She instead continued her schooling with a different concentration, and graduated with an associate degree in occupational safety compliance technology in the summer of 2016.

"If anybody else can do it, I could do it regardless of age. You just have to be determined to do what you want to do,” White said.

She still wanted to earn her culinary degree, and enrolled after receiving her first degree.

Chef Aaron Guajardo, one of White’s instructors, said she is an inspiration to all in the program.

"Miss Marva is going at it. She really is. She's in the classroom with people that are a third of her age and she's getting it done. I wish a lot of our young people would have that much drive as well,” Guajardo said.

White said she has no plans of stopping, even after completing her second degree.

“People ask me, 'When are you going to retire?' And I say, ‘That word is not in my vocabulary,’” she said.

White hopes to open her own little restaurant in the future, and said going to college at her age has inspired her grandchildren to pursue higher education.

Read the original version of this article at kwtx.com.