You’re Never Too Old to Start a New Career
Davida Barnes graduated from Nashua Community College’s Paralegal Studies program in Nashua, New Hampshire this weekend with two notable distinctions. At age 79, not only is she the oldest student in this year’s graduating class, but she also received a rose at the ceremony, recognizing her as “the person most significant to the completion of the current goal of graduation.”
Barnes, the mother of eight children, already has an internship lined up with a local attorney. She holds a master’s degree in human services and previously worked for the U.S. Department of Labor for many years. When that job ended, she sold manufactured homes for 15 years “until the housing market collapsed.” She embarked on training to be a paralegal when she determined she could not live on Social Security.
Davida Barnes sounds like a go-getter who doesn’t let the grass grow under her feet. She’ll bring a wealth of valuable vocational and life experiences to the paralegal profession. She told The Nashua Telegraph that she “couldn’t have asked for a better internship,” but it sounds like her future supervising attorney couldn’t have asked for a better intern.