77-year-old woman has proven that education has no age by recently attaining her PhD. Dr Yvette van Wijk graduated recently on 12 April - 57 years after she first graduated from Rhodes with a BA Fine Art.
She enrolled for her PhD in botany and anthropology seven years ago, at the age of 70. Her PhD explores the influence people have on the vegetation where they lived for many thousands of years, and that today's generation doesn't realise how interdependent people, plants and the environment are.
She found the studies stimulating and fun, especially visiting archaeological sites and interacting with local communities to learn about their use of plants today.
She is still not done, the academic is now writing papers for publication in academic journals and is considering writing an e-book based on her thesis.
When asked if she would recommend studying at this age she said:
"Most definitely yes. Age should not matter."
Her advice to students who are studying at the moment is:
"You need to be passionately interested in what you are studying."
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!