14-Year-Old Thessalonika Arzu-Embry Set To Graduate College With 3.9 GPA

July 16, 2013  |  


Source: Clutch Magazine/The Daily Herald


While other teenage girls are enjoying their last weeks of summer getting tans, giggling over their crushes and preparing to enter high school, Thessalonika Arzu-Embry will be graduating from college. The 14-year-old Illinois resident receives her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Chicago State University in August, and while we’re sure you’re just as in awe of this child prodigy as we are, Thessalonika says her college experience has been quite normal despite her young age.

She told The Daily Herald:

“My college experience is a traditional college experience for me — it is just that I have completed it faster, I am very excited about joining others in having the opportunity to contribute to society in a significant way”

Arzu-Embry currently has a 3.9 GPA, is a member of CSU’s honor college, and serves as a student senator. She gives props to her mom, who home-schooled her and pushed her not to have a mediocre education, for her impressive academic career she’s had thus far, saying she’s been  able to achieve such success because of the discipline her mother instilled in her.

Thessalonika’s routine consists of rising early, praying, and working out. She then reviews her homework during her hour-long commute to her college campus, and then goes on about her day as any other undergrad would.  After she graduates next month,, Thessalonika plans on pursuing a graduate degree in clinical psychology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science or Stanford University before opening a clinic with her mother

Check out the video below as Thessalonika gives us insight on how she navigated college.

We congratulate Thessalonika on her successful academic career and future.

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  • andrew zack

    To me this isnt proof positive that she is a genius. If she had completed a science or math major or gone to a top university at her age then maybe. It could also just be that her mom pushed her and prepared her more rigorously through homeschooling and that she got a degree in pyschology, a notoriously easy major, at a state school, that is also notoriously easy. I think she should be proud of herself and I am all for giving child prodigies their due, but this girl may not necessarily be another terry tao. Again im not assuming she isnt a genius im just stating that her graduating with this major, at this university, with her background, may not imply that she is. Best of luck to her, it just annoys me to see how people are reacting to this. Plenty of people have been pushed at a young age to graduate early with humanities degrees when they were not highly gifted (iq wise). This kind of pressure could be detrimental to this girls development. She could be socially maladjusted or she could of gone to a better university and reaped the benefits of maturity. I hope that isnt the case here. Regardless maybe our society should not encourage this kind of pressure unless the girl has a measurably high intellect. Im not sure personally, its an open question.

  • James

    I mean this is great but isn’t anyone going to say that graduating with a 3.9 from a state university isn’t that impressive in this day and age or are we just going to accept this achievement without any real opinion whatsoever. If this 14 year old is brilliant, why not attend an Ivy or stronger national university? Doesn’t exactly take a genius to get a high gpa at a schol with prevalent partying and drinking culture.

    As a black guy at Yale, I’m a little bit more critical than the general masses. I’m not so impressed and don’t think that just because someone pushes you to go to college early (granted-very) means that we should herald them as something unique. Let your mother push you to go to Harvard, UPenn, Amherst, Williams, Swarthmore, etc. and graduate with a 3.9 gpa. Then I will be impressed.

    • Rose

      BUT how many 14 year olds can you say graduated from COLLEGE in this day and age

    • Rose

      BUT how many 14 year olds can you say graduated from COLLEGE in this day and age

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  • jason vorhees

    Scientists state that her genius is 1 in 5-10million. This is absolutely awesome!

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  • HUgrad13

    So proud. In light of the recent events in our country, THIS gives me so much hope. God bless her.

  • HoobertHerver

    I thought they were gonna say say she decided to become a fuggin’ lawyer. Thank God she made a better choice! I’ll bet she’s also got a SWEET CHOCOLATE AHZSS JUST FUGGIN’ WAITIN TO BE BUSTED BY A WHITE MAN’S BIG DYKK!!!! HUH?? Heh heh heh heh heh heh!!!!!!!!

  • &.

    That’s amazing. She has a tremendously bright future ahead of her and she reminds me of this 11 year old I saw on the Monique show who was going to Morehouse College. He said the college experience was normal for him too. It’s great to see the new generation do big things.

  • NaturalJem

    Wow!! Huge Congrats to her!!!

  • Guest My Name

    Two words: she bad!!!!

  • cryssi

    You go girl!!!

  • kierah

    Congratulations! Just showing what youth can do when properly encouraged and nurtured.