Leah Remini Celebrates Completing First Semester At NYU After Spending Most Of Her Life 'In A Cult'



Leah Remini has celebrated completing her first semester at New York University at the age of 51.
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Last year, the Emmy Award-winning star took to social media to announce that she had always longed for higher education and that it was an opportunity to take something back for herself following her time as a follower of Scientology.

"I am so excited, in tears and wanted to share this with you guys," she wrote in May of last year. "For someone like me, a person who desperately wanted a higher education and options in my life, coming from a cult and a family who didn’t value an education, this is a very big day for me.


"This didn’t come easy. This is one of the last chunks of my life that I am taking back for myself from Scientology."
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Despite worrying that she perhaps wasn't smart enough to even too old to go to university, the King of Queens star said she was able to make the new venture thanks to "encouragement from a very special person".

Her message to her fans at the time was simple: "It’s just never too late is it?"

Now, after completing her first semester, the actor has revealed that she is "glad" she made the decision.

"Going to college for the first time at 51 after living most of my life in a cult and only having an 8th grade education hasn't been easy," she wrote in a tweet. "But I took my first NYU final exams this week and I'm glad I decided to educate myself.

"It's never too late. It's tough, but it's worth it."


The star first joined the Church of Scientology back in 1979 when she was just nine years old.


After leaving the religious group back in 2013, the actor took part in the docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, which aimed to investigate the allegations of "abuse, heartbreak and harassment" by former members.

Prior to the show's first episode, Remini revealed that she wanted to "shed light on information that makes the world aware of what is really going on and encourages others to speak up so the abuses can be ended forever."

She continued: "I hope that people who have left now feel they have a safe place to go. I hope others who have also experienced abuses will come forward and help us to do something about it."




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