A mother of two who dropped out of school in her early 20s finally graduated from college two decades later.
Carla Loft, from Cheshire, decided to drop out of university at the age of 22 to work full time.
But after having her first child, who is now 13, she began to feel “unsatisfied” and wanted to go back to school.
Carla Loft, 42, from Cheshire, graduated from The Open University after starting her studies aged 20
The mother-of-two said ‘anything is possible’ after graduating
The mother said The Daily Express: “It always bothered me that I never graduated in my early twenties.”
After doing some research, Carla started looking for distance learning courses through the Open University.
In particular, she liked the look of the Combined Professional Studies course.
According to the Open University website, the “flexible” course has a wide range of modules you can take, including maths, economics, accounting, and modern European languages.
Other subjects offered include engineering, statistics, and child psychology.
After making her choice, Carla began her foundation degree, juggling between studying, raising a child, and working a full-time job.
Proud Carla posted her achievement on Facebook after completing a foundation degree
Carla is a mother of two sons, aged 13 and 4, who she says motivated her to continue her education when she struggled to juggle.
As if she didn’t have enough to look after, Carla found out she was pregnant in her second year on the course.
“It hasn’t been easy and there have been many times along the way where I felt like giving up,” she said.
But the determined student persevered, adapting to college work around bed and bath routines for her children.
Carla said she sometimes found herself studying late at night, as it was the only time she had to herself.
However, after years of hard work, she finally graduated and although it was not an easy journey, she encouraged other mothers to follow in her footsteps if they want to resume their studies.
Throughout her studies, Carla, who works as an accounting and administrative assistant, said she was motivated by her 13- and 4-year-old sons, who she wanted to prove something to.
After graduating, Carla posted on LinkedIn to show off her incredible achievement.
She said: “Today something big happened. At the ripe old age of 42, I finally graduated!’
She added: ‘It hasn’t been easy studying while raising two kids, working and the general stresses of everyday life, add a pandemic to the mix and some lockdowns!
“There were many times I wanted to give up and many tears along the way, but I proved to my two amazing boys (and myself) that it doesn’t matter what order you do. things in life or how long it takes, if you really want something and are willing to work for it, then anything is possible.
After posting a photo of herself with a festive glass of champagne, people commented on Carla’s post congratulating her on her achievement.
One woman said Carla’s story was “absolutely inspiring”.
Another mum said: ‘I was in the same situation as you when I started studying at the Open University in 1982 when I was 24.
“With two daughters born in 1981 and 1983 respectively, it was difficult to always find the time to study.
“Nevertheless, I took up the mantle in the late 90s and graduated with a BA (Hons) in 2003. The wait was worth it and I’m sure that, like me, you are very proud of what you have accomplished.”