By Erika Tallan
OLATHE, Kan. (KCTV/CNN) - An octogenarian student at a Kansas university got a special honor at homecoming. Fellow students say she inspires everyone she meets.
At 82-years-old Frances Wood probably has more knowledge in years than she'll learn in a semester. Still, she packs her book bag for class.
"I thought is this really real, am I really doing this," she said.
She enrolled at Mid-America Nazarene University after her husband passed away. Heartbroken, she needed something that would bring her joy again.
"I was beginning to get just a little lonely and depressed. Needed something different to do, and believe me this is different," said Frances.
She is the oldest student on campus, and the most popular.
"I do get called out Granny Franny, 'Hi Granny Franny' every once in a while. and that's been fun," she said.
Students a quarter her age gravitated toward her. For someone so down she was always lifting others.
"Students feel loved by her. She's kind of like a grandma away from home," said student Konner McIntire.
They wanted to give it all back and they did over the weekend at their homecoming. First, she was asked out by not just one boy, but three.
"She did say that we need to get real girls that are potential wives," said student Dylan Aebersold.
The three to one group date was one thing, then the school gave her a special place in homecoming court crowning her "homecoming granny."
It's the least they can do for a woman who's teaching them what life is all about.