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Twitter Is Loving This Girl’s Snaps Of Her Grandpa Attending College With Her


The first week of college classes is always the hardest, especially since youre dealing with being away from home, all on your own.

But Melanie Salazar, who started at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas this month, has more than just some printed photos to give her home comfort.

She hasher grandpa.

Salazars grandfather, Rene Neira, isnt there because he misses her and wants to hang out. Hes there to get his own degree.

Neira is 82 years old, and has just started his final semester at Palo Alto College.Hes there to finish the last class he needs in order to get an associates degree in economics.

Neira started college at St. Marys University in the 1950s, but stopped to get married and have a family, according to BuzzFeed. He got reinvested in his education after his wife died in 2009.

Salazar told BuzzFeed that his work motivates her own. She said,

It makes me realize the importance of getting an education like my grandpa so I can accomplish something great like him.

Neira has also been highly valuing his own education. He said,

Sometimes, I wonder, What in the world is an 82-year-old doing, going to college? But somehow, something keeps me going. I think it keeps me mentally alert, too.

He added that hes not there to inspire anyone; hes just there because he wants to get his degree. But hes happy that he can serve as an inspiration.

Also, hes not done quite once the semester ends: Neira plans to get his bachelors degree in economics at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

It seems hes been a model student while hes been at Palo Alto.

Salazar and her grandpa walk to classes and get lunch together, so its sure to be an awesome semester for the both of them. In fact, Texas Representative Justin Rodriguez has said hes coming by to get them lunch as well.

Although were not sure that theyll be stopping by any keggers together, Neiras dedication to his education is inspiring others.

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