Meet the student who earned her high school diploma at 11 and bachelor’s degree at 14


HIGH ACHIEVER: Thessalonika Arzu-Embry

MEET THESSALONIKA Arzu-Embry who earned her bachelor’s degree at 14.

While most young people were out enjoying the last few weeks of summer before heading off to high school, Thessalonika Arzu-Embry was wrapping up her undergraduate studies.

The Great Lakes, Illinois, who completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Chicago State University, carried a 3.9 GPA, was a member of the school’s Honor College – she also served as a student senator.

Thessalonika, who is now 16, credits her mum, who homeschooled her, for inspiring her to pursue education.

“My mother is a strong inspiration to my success. She is a veteran of the United States Navy, and when she finished her tour, she home-schooled my brother and I,” she said.

After she earned the equivalent of a high school diploma through homeschooling, Thessalonika passed the entrance exam for the College of Lake County and began studying psychology. She was 11.

Thessalonika plans to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago or Stanford University.


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