For the month of February, IOL is inviting our readers to tell us who they love and why to stand a chance of winning amazing prizes in our #MyHeart competition.
Our next winner is Leontine Thomas, who submitted the following entry:
I have to commend the three men in my life, plus my son's fiancee for their unselfish support for me. You see, I'm fifty years old and a full-time law student. I'm doing my fourth year of my law degree. It isn't always easy, but I couldn't do it if I didn't have these guys behind me.
I was very fortunate to be a stay home mum. Once my sons were adults and my job as mum became redundant, I found that my skills in the employment sector was outdated. I became desperately despondent and decided to be a victor instead of the victim. I enquired with the University of the Western Cape about studying and possible age exemption. Unfortunately, this does not exist, but they do offer recognition of prior learning and I set off on the battery of tests to test my ability to and eligibility for studying. That was in 2015 - needless to say I was successful.
Before I applied I had to discuss this with my family, who thought I'm crazy but nonetheless proffered support. I have no regrets as I am qualified at the end of 2020. A journey that reduced me to tears on occasion, but the career prospects available makes it worthwhile.