A grandmother hopes her accomplishment inspires her grandchildren to have big dreams for their future.
Elaine Jones-Scott, 62, just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and counseling from Chicago State University. She plans to use her degree to help kids and young adults realize their full potential.
Jones-Scott told Good Morning America that she dropped out of high school at 18 to get married and start a family.
“Once I got married, then, of course, I had a husband that was pretty much taking care of myself and my family, so I didn’t need to work,” said Jones-Scott. “But I always wanted my degree. Always.”
After 18 years, her marriage ended, and she had a hard time finding a job that she wanted. Her education dreams were put on hold again, and she took a job to pay the bills.
Fifteen years later, Jones-Scott finally went back to school and earned her college degree.
She hopes the move inspires her grandchildren.
“I want them to realize no matter what life throws at you, no matter how many scars you might have to encounter, I want them to realize if you just go forth and don’t be a quitter, to realize that no matter, you can always reinvent yourself,” said Jones-Scott.