The 100 / #95: Nadine Monod

#95 Nadine Monod Retired Pharmacist Taulignan, France

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About Nadine

Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am an old lady who had a very active life. I raised four children and worked all my life as a pharmacist. I even ended up being self-employed.

What one thing are you most proud of in your 95 years so far?
Oh I’ve never been very proud of myself. (She thinks for a bit) Well… I am very proud to have finished my pharmeceutics studies faster than anyone had done so far. I was 22 when I graduated from 6 years of college and passed the residency contest. I arrived 33rd out of the 33 places available. But I made it! My family could not support me financially, so I had no choice but go through my studies fast.

What one thing do you hope to do before you’re 100 years old?
I wish I will be able to walk all my life, keep all my children and grand-children and stay in good health. And most importantly keep my brain in working order!

What do you feel is the most significant thing that has changed in the world during your lifetime?
Computers! There clearly has been a before and an after, a clear cut. Of course, I didn’t live through the industrial revolution which was a very important change too. But I feel computers brought a similar change. Oh and of course, there was the war.

What one piece of advice would you give your 10 year old self?
To be a bright student, and generally bright in everything. Which I was! If you are a good student, everything is open to you. And also to learn languages, that’s what my mother taught me (she was fluent in english and german) and it has been very useful to me through out all my life.

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