Most 14-year-old teens are enjoying their summer and gearing up for a new school year while anticipating catching up with friends and classmates but not Thessalonika Arzu-Embry. The Illinois resident is set to receive her bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University in psychology on August 30 after a college track that began three years ago at College of Lake County.
Despite her young age, Arzu-Embry says that she has had your traditional college experience:
“My college experience is a traditional college experience for me — it is just that I have completed it faster. I am very excited about joining others in having the opportunity to contribute to society in a significant way.”
The teen credits her mom, a US Navy veteran, for her success. She was home schooled along with her brother after her mom finished her tour. When Arzu-Embry was 11 she received the equivalent of a high school diploma through her home schooling and passed an entrance exam to attend college.
One of her goals is to establish a clinic with her mother and brother to help others.
SOURCE: The Daily Herald