By Yolanda Spivey
Thessalonika Arzu-Embry is making history by becoming a college graduate at the age of 14. If all fares well, she will have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Chicago State, once she completes two summer classes this coming year.
Thessalonika’s mother, Wonder Embry, home-schooled the young lady, along with her brother up until the age of 8 years old. By the time she was 11 years old, Thessalonika received her high-school diploma through home schooling, and passed the college entrance exam.
“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,” states Thessalonika.
The young college student is in good company. Her mother is completing her graduate degree at the same college her daughter attends.
Every morning, the two them wake up, pray and read the bible. They then work out at a local fitness center, and make the hour and a half commute from their home to their school Chicago State. During their long commute, they usually study together or talk about their homework assignments.
“The parents are the most influential force in their own children’s lives, and they have the power to influence them to do good and to go forward,” states Wonder Embry.
Thessalonika maintains a 3.9 GPA and is a member of the honor’s program. She even serves as student senator. When asked about her fellow classmates, Thessalonika explained that at times they are shocked about her age, but they don’t treat her different from the other students.
The future looks bright for this young lady. She plans on attending graduate school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science or Stanford University. Her ultimate goal is to open a psychology clinic with her mother and brother where she’ll be able to help people.