Barbara Rider said that her enthusiasm for political news is a recent development.
"I had been ignorant about politics before taking this class," she said. "Now I'm enlightened about what goes on behind the scenes, and I can form an opinion."
As auditors, the Riders aren't required to take tests, buy textbooks or do papers, but Tom said he's been known to take a test anyway as a challenge.
"If the professor says the material for the test is what he's gone over in class, I'll take it," said Tom. "And, I've done pretty well on most of them."
The Riders said their curiosity has prodded them to take classes across several disciplines. Their transcripts show they've audited courses in law, criminal justice and anthropology.
There are 29 senior citizens auditing courses at SCCC this semester, a number the college hopes will continue to grow.
"At SCCC, we're all about lifelong learning for students of all ages," said college spokeswoman Heather Meaney. "We're proud to offer auditing to seniors to continue that mission."
The Riders said they've only just started their education. Though they'll take the summer off for some vacation time, they hope to register for another course in the fall.
"We plan to keep taking classes. We really enjoy it.
Providing county residents with the senior audit program is a real benefit to living here," Tom said. ""