She married, had children and by age 19 was absorbed in her life as a wife and mother.
Always one to stress the importance of a good education, Profit, who now lives in Cartersville, said she pushed her children and grandchildren to find success in the classroom.
“It’s important to have a good education, especially now,” Profit said.
The 62-year-old great-grandmother said that after spending so many years motivating her family, now seemed like the perfect time to fulfill a promise she made to her mother.
“She always wanted me to go back to school and finish,” Profit said.
Profit made good on that promise by earning her GED through the Chattahoochee Tech Adult Education Program Thursday.
Profit said she got extra motivation from her brother and that entering the classroom after nearly 50 years was easier than she anticipated.
“The adjustment to school wasn’t that bad because I love learning new things,” Profit said.
She admits the hardest part about returning the school had nothing to do with the curriculum.
“The hardest part was I didn’t want to be the oldest one,” Profit said with a laugh.
Profit and her story have been an inspiration to all who have come to know her as she worked to complete the program, said Brenda Whitley, a staff member at the Summer Hill Education Center where Profit studied.
“I’m so thankful that she came here because she’s just the perfect student, but more than that, she’s a wonderful person whom I am glad to call my friend,” Whitley said.
Profit, an ordained minister since 1997, said she has plans for the future now that she has her high school diploma.
She said she plans to take the college entrance exam and work towards earning a doctorate in psychology.
Profit said she hopes to use her degree to continue the prison ministry that she started.
“I just want to help,” Profit said.
Whitley said she believes Profit can find success in whatever she chooses to do next.
“She can do anything she sets her mind to,” Whitley said.
Profit is among 715 students who have earned their GED through Chattahoochee Tech’s numerous testing centers. Sixty-six participated in a recognition ceremony June 20.