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At 17, This Homeschooler is Earning Her Phd, Helps Kids Finish College Early

By Victor Trammell

Who says children homeschooled don’t get what they need in their education to prepare them for college?

Anyone who has doubts about the effectiveness of homeschool needs to learn about Thessalonika Arzu-Embry, 17 (pictured). This North Chicago-area teenager has a very exceptional story, which proves that homeschooling your children can help them become fit for higher education and beyond.

At 11, Arzu-Embry went from being homeschooled to enrolling in  College of Lake County where she began her junior college career. By 14, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, from Thomas Edison State College. At the age of 16, she earned her Master’s degree in strategic foresight and organizational leadership.

Arzu-Embry pursued her Master’s degree online from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She achieved this amazing feat last summer. However, Arzu-Embry was not going to stop there. Currently, she is working on her doctorate in Aviation Psychology.

Arzu-Embry’s mother told that her daughter began reading and understanding college-level books when she was six-years-old. Her IQ has been calculated to be 199, which is 30 points higher than the late renowned physicist Albert Einstein.

Arzu-Embry is also a published author with five self-help books already under her belt. She has started an organization called JUMP, which helps students at all grade levels learn how to begin college as early as possible.

“I don’t regret missing those things because I did all of those things in undergraduate school,” Arzu-Embry said in an interview with The Daily Herald.

Arzu-Embry hopes a doctoral degree in aviation psychology will afford her the knowledge she needs to work for aviation companies. She wants to prevent “human factor errors,” which are the main causes of plane crashes. Arzu-Embry feels as though her accelerated academic path is not causing her to miss out on anything.

When The Daily Herald asked her if she feels abnormal as opposed to what the average teen is experiencing, she answered, “Not at all.”

“What different people consider normal is different for them,” she continued.

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