Indiana Teen Earns College Degree And High School Diploma At The Same Time
This is what it means to be an overachiever. Raven Osborne, an 18-year-old from Gary, Ind., is reportedly graduating from college before receiving her high school diploma, The Root reports.
Osborne graduates from Purdue University Northwest on May 5 and will join her high school classmates on May 22 for their ceremony. But like most of us, you might be wondering how she accomplished this major feat.
In conjunction with taking high school classes, she also enrolled in college courses that counted as credits to complete her secondary school curriculum. “Sophomore, that was the most work. I had five high school classes, four college classes,” she told CBS News.
Osborne took a slew of online classes on top of a year of community college and two years at Purdue. A semester at college counted for a full year of high school credit, allowing her to earn a Bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in early-childhood education from Purdue, USA Today reports.
In addition to being a stellar student, she also juggled work and school. “I was working a midnight shift at a day care center,” she told the Northwest Indiana Times. “I just had to watch the children while they were sleeping, then feed them breakfast when they woke up. It was a daycare for parents who worked a night shift. It just got to be too stressful, and I had to resign.”
After graduation, Osborne will reportedly accept a job offer as a teacher at her alma mater, 21st Century Charter, beginning at a $38,000 salary. “When I was younger, I was labeled with a learning disability,” Osborne said. “My mother always told me I could do whatever I wanted to do in life.”