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This teen just graduated college *before* graduating high school!

Imagine landing a teaching job at your alma mater—*right* after you graduate. Amazing, right? OK, now imagine earning a degree from college before you even graduate high school.

GL readers, meet 18-year-old Raven Osborne, the high school student (and college graduate!) who's proven that nothing is impossible. She earned a bachelor's in sociology with a minor in early childhood education from Purdue University Northwest on May 5, a full two weeks before her high school commencements. How? For the past four years, Raven has been studying at local colleges (her Indiana high school requires all students to take on-campus college classes as a graduation requirement) while keeping up with her high school studies. So, yes, she basically attended high school and college at the same time. Our minds are blown, too!

Raven hasn't always been at the top of her class. In fact, in the third grade she was told by a teacher she didn't have "it." "When I was younger, I was labeled with a learning disability," she told the Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune. "But my mother always told me I could do whatever I wanted to do in life." Raven's mother Hazel Osborne thanks the school for all the support they've given her daughter. "I'm very grateful to the school for everything it has done for her—financial, transportation, the support."

It's been a hectic couple of weeks for the humble mother-daughter duo, and Raven says she'll be relieved once all the hoopla is over. She didn't expect her degrees to be such a big deal, and plans to do "a lot of relaxing" before working at her high school as a new reading intervention specialist this August. 

Raven's advice? "I would tell anyone just to keep working; it's never too early, and no goal is too big to achieve."

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take college classes? Share your thoughts on Raven's awesome achievements in the comments! 

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Photo credit: 21st Century Charter School

by Julia Bonney | 5/13/2017