Melanie Salazar didn’t think anything of it when she tweeted that she was extremely proud of her grandfather for going back to college to complete his associate’s degree.
The 18-year-old first-year student at Palo Alto College in Texas couldn’t have guessed that her post about her 82-year-old grandfather, Rene Neira, would go viral and in the process provide proof to many that it’s never too late to go to college.
Salazar tweeted last week, “I’m so proud of my grandpa for finishing his first day at PAC this semester! 82 years old and not giving up!!!” The heartwarming message was retweeted more than 2,000 times.
What’s even better is that Neira is going to the same college as Salazar. While her grandfather is taking the last class he needs to for his associate’s degree in economics, Salazar is majoring in liberal arts.
“I’m actually very undecided, but I had to put down something,” she admitted.