Guadalupe Palacios, who is seeking to live out her dream of finishing high school by her 100th birthday, is also the most enthusiastic student in the classroom. “Dona Lupita,” as she is affectionately known, was welcomed with applause from her fellow students at High School Number 2 in the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez, the state capital.
She is ready to give it all as today is a marvellous day, she said on Monday of her first day of high school in the southern state of Chiapas, wearing the school uniform of a white polo shirt with a black skirt and her personal touch: a pink sweater.
Palacios grew up in poverty in an indigenous village and spent her childhood helping her family farm corn and beans instead of going to school. She went to work selling chickens at market, married twice and had six children.
In 2015, she enrolled in a primary school program for adult learners.
In less than four years, she completed both primary and middle school.
Along the way, she picked up arithmetic but never learned to read and write. When she turned 92, she said, she decided it was time to enrol in a literacy program.
She diligently took notes in her chemistry and mathematics classes and even strutted her stuff in a dance class.
“Now I can write letters to my boyfriends,” Palacios said with a laugh.
Here is a picture of Palacios reading newspaper:
Here are some twitter reactions for Palacio:
A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. She is already aspiring high and wishes to be a kindergarten teacher someday.