Carol Roberts is preparing for her first day of school.
This quarter, she'll take classes in a range of subjects, from science to politics, at UC San Diego in La Jolla.
But Roberts isn't the typical college student. She's 79.
The Solana Beach woman will take part in classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, designed for people 50 and over on the UC campus, beginning Oct. 2. There are no tests or grades, and there's very little homework, she said. Most days are filled with lectures, talks with experts and field trips. The professors are all accredited.
"This is purely for the love of learning," noted Roberts, a former tourism agent. "It's so...