Student Spotlight: Mickey Estes
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Going back to school is never easy, whether you wait three, thirteen, or thirty years, and Mickey Estes is one student who would know.
Estes first attended Panola at the age of 27, but was unable to finish her studies due to family matters. Now, fourteen years, two children, and two grandchildren later, she is ready to give it another shot.
This is Mickey’s first semester back at Panola, and she is currently majoring in business with hopes to obtain an Associate’s Degree in Business and possibly going on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Naturally, there are fears about returning to school, especially concerning the differences between then and now. Mickey says the biggest difference is definitely how “everything is done via computers now, from communication to assignments,” but the technological differences were not her biggest worry. Initially, she was more worried about being the notorious “old lady” in the classroom. Those fears quickly evaporated, though, and soon she felt “comfortable and welcome” in her classes. Now her biggest worry is not being able to do the work required, which is something students of all ages can probably relate to.
Some of Mickey’s hobbies outside of school include spending time with family, camping, gardening, and quilting. Her decision to further her education was in hopes of bettering her and her family’s future just like most of the students here at Panola. Mickey Estes and several other students like her are proof that education has no boundaries or age limits, and you are never too “old” to learn.