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14 Year Old Graduate

Yes, you read correctly: a 14-year-old wiz kid is graduating from college, and her community couldn’t be more thrilled.

Thessalonika Arzu-Embry, who lives on the Great Lakes Naval Base, will be graduating in August from Chicago State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Thessalonika started college at the age of 11 at the College of Lake County.

Thessalonika wakes up early with her mother, Wonder Embry, and makes the long commute from home to her college classes. Not one to let time go to waste, on the way to school, Thessalonika and her mother study theory and talk about homework assignments.

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Thessalonika dedicates all of her hard work to her mother, whom she says is her motivation.

“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 me.”

Her proud mom says she was just doing the right thing for her children.


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