If you needed a little inspiration today, or a reminder of just how lucky you are to be a young college student, take a look at Tap Van Kieu’s story.
Kieu is a 70-year-old grandfather, who recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. The photo below of Kieu has gone viral, as it shows all the incredible check points in his life, including getting married at 23, becoming a U.S citizen at 31, and graduating college at 70, proving to all of us, it’s never too late to make your dreams come true.
Kieu’s daughter, Mary, told The Huffington Post that her father left Vietnam in 1975 during the fall of Saigon. After working tirelessly, he retired at 65, and pursued something a little different. “I would describe dad’s story as one of so many other immigrants who are lucky enough to call this wonderful country home,” Mary said. “Work hard, believe in yourself, never give up, and even at the ripe age of 70, you can reach your goal.”
There’s absolutely no arguing with that!
Tap Van Kieu isn’t alone when it comes to completing higher education pass the traditional age. In May of this year, Anthony Brutto graduated from West Virginia University at the age of 94. And in June, Doreetha Daniels graduated from College of the Canyons at 99 years old!
And remember, these people survived wars, movements, marriage, children, and a ton of other incredible life events. So, the next time you complain about your sprite 20-year-old body is unable to make it to a class earlier than noon, remember them.