Mom aces school work

2018-01-30 06:00

A mother of two from Steenberg has brought life to the saying that one is never too old to learn, by going back to school at the age of 36.

Lindsay McIntyre decided to return to Lavender Hill High School last year so that she could matriculate, as she had dropped out of school after falling pregnant.

“I was too embarrassed about going to school with my pregnancy. Things back then were different and people were going to judge you and everyone would know what you did, so I decided to drop out of school,” she says.

After having her baby she had to look for a job so she could support herself and her child. In time she was employed by Pick n Pay where she worked for over 15 years before deciding to leave due to feeling that she was no longer growing and it was time to look at other opportunities.

After being at home for six months she decided to go back to school and finish her matric. She admits that her pastor at Reconciliation Ministries played a huge part in her decision to go back to school and that he was a motivating figure.

“I went to talk to the principal about me going back to school. It was explained to me that I would be in class with other learners that are much younger than me, and some teachers might even be younger than me. The principal wanted to know whether I would be able to deal with that. I said it would not be a problem – all I wanted was to finish matric and do it within a short space of time” says McIntyre

McIntyre says some people advised her to go to night school or college, but that was not the route she wanted to take.

“I didn’t want to spend so much time learning. If I had attended night school I would have spent two years getting my matric. So I was determined to go back to class and sit behind a desk like any other learner,” she says.

Being a mother and having to study, while also working a part-time job in Fish Hoek, gave her very little time to sleep.

“It was dedication and being goal driven that made me get through last year.

McIntyre says she never had an excuse not to do her schoolwork.

“I was treated like any other learner – I didn’t get any special treatment. My classmates at first didn’t know how to address me. They would come for me for advice. I told them I was just like them – there was nothing special about me. I told them I didn’t know everything and that as classmates, we should help one another.”

Despite her commitments as a mother and her duties at work, McIntyre is proud to say she was never absent from school.

“Not even a single day was I away from school. I really learnt a lot last year. Yes, some things were difficult and things are now a lot different to how they were when I was in school, but I really learnt so much.”

She hopes to tick another box on her list by furthering her studies and doing a course in Life Coaching.

“My wish is to help others. I feel a lot of people need help and someone to hold their hand and say everything will be fine.

“I want to help others, especially the youth, as most of the time they don’t know who to talk to. I want to share my experience and do my part in helping others,” says McIntyre.

V McIntyre can be contacted on 078 888 1116.

A mother of two from Steenberg has brought life to the saying that one is never too old to learn, by going back to school at the age of 36.

Lindsay McIntyre decided to return to Lavender Hill High School last year so that she could matriculate, as she had dropped out of school after falling pregnant.

“I was too embarrassed about going to school with my pregnancy. Things back then were different and people were going to judge you and everyone would know what you did, so I decided to drop out of school,” she says.

After having her baby she had to look for a job so she could support herself and her child. In time she was employed by Pick n Pay where she worked for over 15 years before deciding to leave due to feeling that she was no longer growing and it was time to look at other opportunities.

After being at home for six months she decided to go back to school and finish her matric. She admits that her pastor at Reconciliation Ministries played a huge part in her decision to go back to school and that he was a motivating figure.

“I went to talk to the principal about me going back to school. It was explained to me that I would be in class with other learners that are much younger than me, and some teachers might even be younger than me. The principal wanted to know whether I would be able to deal with that. I said it would not be a problem – all I wanted was to finish matric and do it within a short space of time” says McIntyre

McIntyre says some people advised her to go to night school or college, but that was not the route she wanted to take.

“I didn’t want to spend so much time learning. If I had attended night school I would have spent two years getting my matric. So I was determined to go back to class and sit behind a desk like any other learner,” she says.

Being a mother and having to study, while also working a part-time job in Fish Hoek, gave her very little time to sleep.

“It was dedication and being goal driven that made me get through last year.

McIntyre says she never had an excuse not to do her schoolwork.

“I was treated like any other learner – I didn’t get any special treatment. My classmates at first didn’t know how to address me. They would come for me for advice. I told them I was just like them – there was nothing special about me. I told them I didn’t know everything and that as classmates, we should help one another.”

Despite her commitments as a mother and her duties at work, McIntyre is proud to say she was never absent from school.

“Not even a single day was I away from school. I really learnt a lot last year. Yes, some things were difficult and things are now a lot different to how they were when I was in school, but I really learnt so much.”

She hopes to tick another box on her list by furthering her studies and doing a course in Life Coaching.

“My wish is to help others. I feel a lot of people need help and someone to hold their hand and say everything will be fine.

“I want to help others, especially the youth, as most of the time they don’t know who to talk to. I want to share my experience and do my part in helping others,” says McIntyre.

V McIntyre can be contacted on 078 888 1116.

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