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After 24 years as janitor: 43-year-old man bags university degree, set to become a teacher

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Life can be unpredictable, but we can make something out of it, as this 43-year-old man has done.

Tylan Bailey had it rough, and for 24 years of his life, he worked tirelessly as a janitor at Hightower Elementary School in DeKalb Country, Georgia, United States.

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However, determined to change his fortunes, Bailey enrolled for a degree program at Georgia State University, USA.

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At age 40, he showed that it’s not too late to pursue one’s dream when he began studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education and a minor in Special Education at Georgia State University.

Bailey combined his day’s job as a janitor with his academic workload, and after three years, he’s bagged a degree that puts him on course to live his dream life.

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He showed great determination to pursue his lifelong dream of being a teacher. He attended classes at the College of Education and Human Development of Georgia State University to meet the requirements to qualify as a teacher.

“I always wanted to be a college graduate. I always wanted to be a teacher. So having everything sink in at that moment was the best feeling I could ever have,” Bailey shared with WSBTV.

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After 24 years of being a janitor and 3 years of rigorous study and work, Bailey is finally living his dream aged 43.

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83-Year-Old Woman Graduates From University, Bags Msc In Social Work

Meanwhile, Donzella Washington, from Alabama, became the oldest person to graduate from Alabama A&M University. She studied social work and graduated with an impressive 3.69 GPA in 2019 at 80.

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After finishing college with flying colours at 80, Donzella Washington did not give up and earned a master’s degree in social work from the same university in 2021 at age 83.

The 83-year-old said her goal is to inspire older and younger people to believe in themselves to attain their dreams and goals.

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