Mother and daughter graduate together for the fifth time

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Date: 2023/05/12

Difficulty: Intermediate B1

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Vocabulary Match

persevered -   - religious
classmates -   - diploma
degree -   - doctorate
Christian -   - peers
Ph.D. -   - typhoon
hurricane -   - persisted

Article

A mother and daughter from Texas have made headlines by graduating together for the fifth time. Alissa, the mother, is 50 years old and Elizabeth, the daughter, is 25 years old. They both achieved straight A's in their Master of Social Work program at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.

Elizabeth says that her mother is her best friend and all their classmates call her "mom". The duo has earned five degrees together, including three Associate's degrees and a Bachelor's degree from Mary Hardin-Baylor, which is a private Christian university in central Texas. They plan to take a break before starting a Ph.D. program at Our Lady of the Lake.

The mother-daughter duo had some difficulties in the past, including losing their home during Hurricane Harvey and living in a hotel for three years. Despite this, they persevered and achieved their academic goals.

Quiz

  1. How many times have the mother and daughter graduated together?
  2. What are their future plans?

Conversation

Elizabeth: Mom, we've graduated together five times now!
Alissa: Yes, we're like eternal students, aren't we?
Elizabeth: It's like we can't get enough of school!
Alissa: You're right! Maybe we should just live on campus.
Elizabeth: That's not a bad idea, considering our history.
Alissa: Let's take a break before we sign up for Ph.D.s!

Discussion

  1. Do you have a close relationship with any family members like Alissa and Elizabeth?
  2. Do you think it's important to take breaks between academic programs?
  3. Would you ever consider going back to school? What would you study?

Vocabulary Answers

persevered → persisted
classmates → peers
degree → diploma
Christian → religious
Ph.D. → doctorate
hurricane → typhoon

Quiz Answers (examples)

  1. They have graduated together five times.
  2. They plan to take a break before starting a Ph.D. program at Our Lady of the Lake.

Source Material

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2023/05/12/meyer-mother-daughter-graduates/5921683908427/


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