Bakery worker in Ankara becomes doctor at 53
A Turkish man has earned the degree of doctor of medicine at the age of 53, years later after he dropped out of the school.
“In the third year [of medicine school], I dropped out of university due to academic failures. Then I worked at various jobs, I worked at a bakery,” Mustafa Ercüment Alat was quoted as saying by Sabah newspaper.
Since he had taken a 25-year break from medicine, Alat restarted his studies in first year at the university.
“After enrolling at the university, I took a class. I was 46 back then. I had great chemistry with my classmates. They loved me and I loved them back. Then there was an exam, in which I scored 73 points [out of 100]. Then I understood that I could do this,” Alat reportedly said.
Alat said he was both working and attending his classes at the same time during the 2012-2018 period.
“While I was going to university, I also worked at a bus terminal for a coach company. My employees have supported me a lot during this period, especially with regards to my shift times. I was at university all day long and then would go to the bus terminal in the evening. I was there all night long. Then I would come back to the university and attend my classes. It was only at night that I would see my home again,” he said, highlighting the importance of “devoutness” to accomplish any dream.
“What I would say to young people is that they should not give up [on their ambitions]. They should not give in, if they really want something, they can do it,” he added.