Never too late to learn

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My daughter started high school a couple weeks ago. And I have to admit that when I see the alphabet soup of her algebra homework or the physics word problems involving acceleration rates, I’m just as happy I’m not going to be having a test on the material next week.

That’s why I so admire the students featured on the cover of the September issue of the Washington Beacon. They have all headed back to school decades after last setting foot in a classroom. And they are thriving as they work toward earning bachelor’s or master’s degrees.

However, if, like me, you’ve had enough of tests and term papers but you still love to learn, consider taking a class at your local community college or public university. If you’re over 60, you can audit classes free of charge. The only caveat is that the classes are only available if they haven’t been filled by paying students.

So if you wish you knew more about early American literature or Baroque composers or how to design a website, there’s a class for you — and, like some of the best things in life, it may be free.