Maria waited more than 30 years to complete her degree
Maria Di Paolo first attended SFU straight out of high school, in 1986. But it didn’t go well.
She admits that she simply wasn’t ready at the time. But decades later, she began taking classes again, through SFU NOW.
“SFU NOW was about finishing what I started and getting my really awful GPA up to something that wasn’t embarrassing anymore.
“It was about proving to myself that I deserved to be in university. When they first accepted me, I was young and immature, but now I belonged. It was all about gaining some pride in my university degree.”