Raven Osborne, a remarkable 18-year-old woman who graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology before finishing high school in the United States, has established a new record.
Raven Osborne earned her college degree two weeks before graduating high school and graduated as a straight-A student and the best in her class.
At the 21st Century Charter School in Gary, Indiana, United States, Raven began her high school career.
The School is a free public school and one of six charter schools managed by the GEO Foundation throughout the country that strives to give students in underprivileged areas access to a high-quality education.
In the seventh grade, I discovered that transportation, books, and college credits were all covered by the 21st century and my family and I all thought that was really awesome and hard to believe. […] That was a great motivation.” Raven tells Teen Vogue.
As part of the requirements of the school, students are required to take at least one career certificate or college class and the transportation, textbooks and tuition to do so are provided.
Worried about college debt from an early age, Osborne decided to take as many college classes as she could while the costs were covered, she narrated to People
She started taking College classes when she was in 9th grade, and after two years transferred to Purdue University’s Northwest campus, where she recently received her diploma.
When I saw that I would earn my associate’s degree at the end of my 10th-grade year, my mother encouraged me to talk to [Kevin] Teasley, who was the superintendent of the school, and ask him about another program that would allow me to continue earning college credits.
before finishing High School
He and Mrs Teasley both told me that I could go as far as I wanted with the program,” she narrated.
Raven took as many courses as she could and later graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Purdue University Northwest, Indiana, United States.
“It was definitely a lot of work,” she says. In order to stay motivated, she says her mom, Hazel Osborne “did remind me that the goal wasn’t too far off, and I was near the finish line.
And…I had support from GEO, I had support from some people at 21st century, so I was surrounded by support.”
Kevin Teasley, CEO of the GEO Foundation, says of her success, “She’s a ceiling-breaker, a mold-buster, and an exceptionally disciplined young lady.
Her oyster is now the world. Osborne claims that she didn’t believe she missed out on anything while in high school.
She continued to go to movies, baseball games, and bowling with friends and spent the previous summer on vacation.
Maybe I didn’t put in as much effort as some of my classmates did, but I don’t feel like I gave up that much, and the fact that I don’t owe any money for college is great, she adds.
She expresses gratitude to her mother for encouraging her and giving her the desire to succeed. “I grew up in a family that valued education,” – Raven.