Plus, our conversation with best-selling author James Patterson.
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Nola Ochs was 95 when she moved 100 miles from her family farm in rural Kansas to Fort Hays State University after learning that she was only 30 hours shy of a bachelor’s degree that she began work on decades ago. One year later, in 2007, she became the oldest college graduate ever at the age of 95.

After graduation, Princess Cruises hired Nola as a guest lecturer on a Caribbean cruise. Upon returning, she moved back to the family farm to help with the annual wheat harvest and then returned to Fort Hays State to pursue her master’s degree. In 2001, she became the oldest recipient of a master's degree at age 98. She took a job at Fort Hays State as a graduate teaching assistant where she worked until she was 101.

Nola died in 2016 at the age of 105.

We interviewed Nola shortly after her graduation in 2007 – one week before embarking on her paid job as astoryteller with Carnival Cruises. When asked what she wanted to tell the world about the secret to active aging she answered,
"There is a great satisfaction within us when we do something that we’ve wanted to do that is a little bit of a challenge. That feeling of satisfaction from accomplishment is healthful."
Click here to listen to our full conversation with Nola Ochs, now available at the new Growing Bolder Life Institute!

And Nola isn't alone!

On Facebook, we asked you to share some of your own Back to School photos and memories, and we loved these two submissions, featuring people who both called going back to college a "dream deferred":
Click here to read their stories and share your own.
The Growing Bolder Life Institute is powered by Woman's Worth®, and President Jeannette Bajalia has a brand new book out, all about living a purposeful life and the secrets to longevity. Learn more here!
Boomers now spend more time shopping online, more money shopping online, and more per transaction online than any other generation — more than millennials and more than Gen X! Along with the convenience, though, comes worry about data and personal privacy. Artificial Intelligence now analyzes every aspect of consumer behavior to predict future buying patterns, so those fears will only grow. That’s the background behind the fascinating and provocative new thriller, The Store, from best-selling author James Patterson, and we asked him to share more about what inspired the story.

Plus, we spoke with Patterson about his ongoing and incredibly generous donations to the School Library Campaign.

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