Twitter Is Loving This Girl's Snaps Of Her Grandpa Attending College With Her
The first week of college classes is always the hardest, especially since you're dealing with being away from home, all on your own.
But Melanie Salazar, who started at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas this month, has more than just some printed photos to give her home comfort.
She has her grandpa.
Salazar's grandfather, Rene Neira, isn't there because he misses her and wants to hang out. He's there to get his own degree.
Neira is 82 years old, and has just started his final semester at Palo Alto College. He's there to finish the last class he needs in order to get an associate's degree in economics.
Neira started college at St. Mary's University in the 1950s, but stopped to get married and have a family, according to BuzzFeed. He got reinvested in his education after his wife died in 2009.
Salazar told BuzzFeed that his work motivates her own. She said,
Neira has also been highly valuing his own education. He said,
He added that he's not there to inspire anyone; he's just there because he wants to get his degree. But he's happy that he can serve as an inspiration.
Also, he's not done quite once the semester ends: Neira plans to get his bachelor's degree in economics at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
It seems he's been a model student while he's been at Palo Alto.
Salazar and her grandpa walk to classes and get lunch together, so it's sure to be an awesome semester for the both of them. In fact, Texas Representative Justin Rodriguez has said he's coming by to get them lunch as well.
Although we're not sure that they'll be stopping by any keggers together, Neira's dedication to his education is inspiring others.