POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - It's never too late to set a new goal. Here's proof.
An Ellington, Missouri man is pursuing a college degree at the age of 72. Young at heart and mind, he's determined to see it through and he's encouraging others along the way.
Yvone White said a college classroom is the last place he thought he would ever be, but now, 14 years after getting his GED, here he is.
"I never thought I would be in college anywhere," Yvone said. "But, I'm thankful."
He's not your typical college student.
"It's a shame that I didn't get to further my education before now," Yvone said.
But, he said, better late than never.
"I'm 72," Yvone said. "Yes I am. I'm very proud of it."
Yvone went to school until the eight grade. Taking on a big responsibility at a young age.
"My mom. She was ill and I had to quit school to take care of her," Yvone said.
More than 50 years later he got his GED, which he passed with flying colors.
"I came down, passed it the first time," Yvone said. "With no studying."
There's no doubt Yvone is sharp, but his instructors say it's not only his smarts that puts him ahead of the class.
"Number one, I would have never guessed he was 72. But, I think, he can run laps around traditional students," Amanda Casey said.
Full of energy, mentally and physically. They say Yvone puts forth 150 percent every day.
"When you have a student like Yvone, really at any age, he's so outgoing, he tries his best in everything, he's always early to class, he stays the whole time, he finishes assignments early, it just makes everybody around him better," Yvone said.
"He is a very dedicated and determined man," Lisa Gray said.
Yvone credits his instructors for the encouragement and support that keeps him going, but talk to him for just a few minutes and you'll see.
"If I ever decided I wanted to leave it, I wouldn't have come here in the first place. I don't start something and leave it," Yvone said.
Yvone has the want-to; and he said that's what it takes, no matter what you're going for.
"You can do anything you set your mind to," Yvone said.
Yvone used to work for Nordyne, but when it closed the doors in Poplar Bluff he took a deal that included a paid college education.
He had perfect attendance while he worked there and he plans to continue that record in school.