Married Couple Joins A&M Student Body in their 40's.

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

DaLisa & Greg Owens aren't your typical college sweethearts. In fact they've been married since this year's freshman class was in elementary school. But that didn't stop them from joining the student body at Texas A&M University.

"It's still culture shock to step outside and be able to see that (Aggieland) watertower and think, wow, we're really here. It's just strange," said Greg.

The Owens journey began in 2009 when Greg, 42, and DaLisa, 47, decided to go back to school. Neither had completed college, in fact DaLisa didn't even have a high school diploma but in just two years each earned their associates degree. The couple didn't waste anytime after that applying to Texas A&M.

"He kept bugging me, 'come on, come on, get it in.' So I finally sent it in," said DaLisa.

"Yeah, and she got an acceptance letter a week later and because I had more transcripts, it took a few days longer for me so of course I was sweating it." said Greg.

"Everyday, he'd text me from work. Are we Aggies yet? Are we Aggies yet," DaLisa said with a giggle.

Greg and DaLisa got their acceptance letter from A&M just a few days apart, sold their home, and moved from Anna, Texas to College Station. When A&M students got their first look at the couple, they weren't sure what to think.

"I'm either part of the faculty or I'm somebody's mother. Maintanence wanted to know which one of our kids was moving in," said DaLisa.

And the fast paced hustle in between classes has been a challange, especially keeping up with kids half their age.

"Trying not to look winded. I feel like we're the only ones sweating on campus," joked Greg.
"I know, right! What is with that," commented DaLisa.

But the Owens are having fun and proving that if you can't turn back the clock, at least you can wind it up again.

"I know there is no way I can go back 20 years. I can't do that but even if I could that still doesn't put me in my early 20's," joked DaLisa.

For the couple's 9-year-old daughter DaLayna, the transition to life with college parents has been easy.

"It is different for us but she does think it's neat that we get to sit down and do our homework together," said DaLisa.

It's a simple equation for the Owens and they're new found college lifestyle.

"It can be done. Where there is a will, there's a way," said DaLisa.

But being able to attend Texas A&M, a school both had dreamed about going too, makes the long hours of studying and keeping up with family life that much easier.

"What's the best thing about being an Aggie? WHOOP! I love it," DaLisa said with a huge smile.

"Yes, we are the twelfth man," said Greg.

DaLisa and Greg are both persuing degrees in anthropology, but both say they plan on continuing their education after that and earning doctorate's in archeology.

Despite being well into their 40's, the college couple is proving that education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

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