Tantramar College a hit with seniors

Dave Mathieson
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AMHERSRT – Senior’s have it good.

AMHERSRT – Senior’s have it good.

“You have to be at least 50-years-old to take a class,” said Antonia Rubio-Reyes, Spanish Conversation instructor at the Tantramar Seniors College. “People say to me ‘that’s not fair.’ I say, ‘well, it’s good to be older.’”

Reyes teaches one of the more than 70 courses at the college.

Wanda Seely was one in a long line of people signing up for courses at the St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church Tuesday night, including Spanish Conversation.

“I’ve taken it before with Antonia,” said Seely. “I lover her. She’s a fabulous teacher and person.”

Seely's son just married a girl from Mexico.

“I’m going to learn Spanish,” she added. “I have to learn to love it.”

Seely is also taking drawing and origami.

“I have two grandchildren and I thought it would be a blast to play with paper with them.”

Seely is retired and says she likes the camaraderie at the college.

“You see people in your own generation, and you’re having fun and learning new things,” she said. “It’s life changing because it gives seniors something to look forward to.”

This is the third year Rubio Reyes has volunteered to teach Spanish.

“I love working here,” she said.

Her class is full. She was thinking of taking eight people but ended up taking 15.

She is teaching the course at the Tantramar Community Radio Station.

“It’s a small room, so it’s going to be crowded,” she said.

Linda Hargraves course, Writing and Having Fun with Poetry, is also full.

“I have10 signed up. That’s my limit,” she said.

She used to teach a philosophy course at the Tantramar college.

“I could take 30 or 40 people for philosophy because the students were, basically, just listening to what I would say,” she said. “With poetry you’re teaching individually, getting them to write poetry and generating ideas.”

Hargrave enjoys teaching at the college as well.

“You have the same people coming back over and over, so it’s like a family,” she said.

“Senior students are here because they want to be here,” she added. “They’re taking stuff they’re interested in, so that’s exciting for the instructor.”

Courses are taught one day a week for up to six weeks. The college costs $100 and gives seniors access to as many classes as they want to take.

“We teach once a week because we’re busy taking courses the other days,” said Hargrave.

For more information, go to tantramarseniorscollege.ca.




Organizations: Tantramar College, Wesley United Church, Tantramar Community Radio Station

Geographic location: Mexico

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