Woman from Vrbovec Graduates at 78, Travels 700 Kilometres for Exams

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A woman from Vrbovec graduated at 78
A woman from Vrbovec graduated at 78

November 2, 2020 – In her later years, a woman from Vrbovec decided to enroll in another study programme, and it wasn’t hard for her to travel 700 kilometres to take her exams.

As HRT reports, today, it isn’t really any sort of special news for someone to have two diplomas to their name, but if a person earns their second one at the age of 78 – then it is both news and a fine example.

Agneza Štajer is a veterinarian and she worked in a school for 20 years. It is interesting to note how she opted for yet another study programme. Namely, Agneza took one of her generations of students to the University of Zagreb Festival so that they could more easily choose their studies.

“The proverb says: when you want to help others, you help yourself the most,” says Agneza Štajer, explaining how she helped herself come across the study of restoration, which involves 5 courses, at the University of Dubrovnik, 700 kilometres away from Vrbovec, but the distance was no obstacle for her. She has been travelling by train to Zagreb, and then by bus all the way down to Dubrovnik.

“I spent an average of 40 nights a year on the bus,” says Agneza. When asked if she studied on the bus, she replied: “No, I never study before an exam.”

Along the way, she was spending time on one of her hobbies – making bags.

“It’s a ball of thread and a needle that fits in a purse. If you have 5 minutes, you make 5 stitches. And if the train is late, then it’s a great work for the day,” says Agneza.

She also reveals how people around her reacted when they found out she was a student. Friends, she says, responded positively, but not everyone had something nice to say about her choice.

“The vast majority are indifferent, they don’t know what the point of me doing that is, and a significant number of people are mean and some can be evil,” she complained, but it hasn’t bothered her, as she worked hard and graduated with honours.

Now that she is retired, people are asking her for a variety of different pieces of advice – from advice to related to professional subjects, to veterinary topics, and now of course – to the field of restoration.

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