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Mark Wahlberg back in school

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Back to school ... Mark Wahlberg.

Back to school ... Mark Wahlberg.

Actor Mark Wahlberg is returning to school later this month to study for his high school diploma.

The Fighter star quit his studies at the age of 13 and, after a stint behind bars for assault, became a model and pop star before making it in Hollywood.

Last year, Wahlberg admitted he was keen to go back to school so he can become a better role model for his four children - and the actor has now enrolled in an online course to complete his education.

"I am going back now. They have this new program in Massachusetts now where you can actually take the courses online, so I'm starting this month; I'm gonna go and get my high school diploma," he told US talk show host David Letterman.

Wahlberg, 41, admits he is "a little nervous" at the prospect of returning to his school books, but he is determined to pass with flying colours - and he's hoping to take advantage of his spare time in between filming movies so he can speed through the tests and graduate within months.

"It's an actual diploma, so I gotta take up all the courses that I missed and I'm a little nervous, but... I have a lot of down time on sets and in trailers so I just wanna blast through (the course). Hopefully be able to do it (graduate) in six to eight months."

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21 comments

  • Good on you Mark. Lets hope the same opportunities become available here for mature age people.

    Commenter
    Janet
    Date and time
    June 14, 2012, 10:47AM
    • We do have the same options, it's called TAFE and you can do it by OTEN as fast or as slow as you like. You can even do it at university if you're keen enough.

      Commenter
      mso87
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      June 14, 2012, 1:47PM
    • Open universities. If you don't want to do a full degree, you can do a Certficate or a Diploma. When you earn over a certain amount you pay for it in extra tax (HECS). Google Open Universities Australia and take a look. Its never too late and a great self esteem booster.

      Commenter
      sunny
      Location
      sydney
      Date and time
      June 14, 2012, 2:19PM
  • He should go to an actual school, bullying rate would drop through the floor!

    Commenter
    Ailie
    Date and time
    June 14, 2012, 11:02AM
    • *LIKE*

      Commenter
      Anne Droid
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      June 14, 2012, 1:13PM
  • Billy Madison anyone???

    Commenter
    Adrian
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    June 14, 2012, 11:17AM
    • Yeah I guess he was too busy beating up Vietnamese guys, blinding them in one eye when he was at high school age.
      It's well documented. Look it up.

      Commenter
      gers
      Location
      melbournia
      Date and time
      June 14, 2012, 1:49PM
      • So what? All the more reason to admire him now for turning himself around, becoming a father and setting a better example to his kids. He is a role model for reform and I for one applaud him for publicly stating how important education is, and that you are never too old.

        Commenter
        snotty
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        June 14, 2012, 2:28PM
      • It's called 'rehabilitation'. Look it up.

        Commenter
        KD
        Date and time
        June 14, 2012, 2:49PM
      • How about even a smidgen of remorse?

        Commenter
        gers
        Location
        melbournia
        Date and time
        June 14, 2012, 3:56PM

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