A 52-year-old street vendor fulfills his dream of graduating from college

Obtaining a higher education qualification is the desire of many people, but not everyone manages to achieve it. Many people interrupt their studies for personal or family reasons and put their dream on hold, thinking they no longer have time to get a high school diploma or a degree. But they are wrong. One example is Samuel Cardoso Brito, 52, a street vendor from Pará, Brazil, who recently fulfilled his dream by graduating in literature. Today, the man has no intention of interrupting his studies.

After many years of absence from studies, Samuel managed to graduate from the University of Uberaba. His studies have always taken a back seat, since from a young age he had to work to support his family financially. He didn’t even want to study: “I wasn’t good at it, so I didn’t go beyond the third grade,” he explained.
“At first my grades were low. I have to thank the patience of the people who helped me continue and fulfill my old dream of having a college degree,” says Samuel. Although he thinks he’s not good academically, Samuel has always had a passion for reading: from the age of 15, between jobs in the mines with his father, he read books, comics and stories, a habit that hasn’t changed over the years.

Originally from Paraná, he told Brazilian media that he decided to go back to school at the age of 40 after applying for a job and failing to get it because he didn’t have a degree, despite meeting all the other requirements. Samuel owns a popcorn cart, an activity with which he has managed to finance his studies. After this refusal, the man decided to move to the countryside in search of a lower cost of living and to be able to enroll in more courses. Thus, the man discovered a new passion: English. After much effort and good grades, the man got his degree!
Thanks to the distance learning network, his popcorn business, and traveling long hours to sit exams, Samuel finally earned a literature degree. “I hope this is not my last degree, as I plan to enroll in a postgraduate course and then do a masters and a doctorate,” he commented.
Thanks to the distance learning network, his popcorn business, and traveling long hours to sit exams, Samuel finally earned a literature degree. “I hope this is not my last degree as I plan to enroll in a postgraduate course and then pursue a masters and a doctorate,” he commented.

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