18-Year-Old Raven Osborne Was a College Graduate Before She Even Graduated High School

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18-year-old Raven Osborne is the latest scholar to serve us Black Girl Magic teas with her academic excellence. The straight-A high school student is well on her way to being a high school graduate, and two weeks prior, did one better by earning her college degree before even walking the stage to receive her diploma. Osborne is also her class valedictorian!

What is probably even more impressive is the fact that Osborne earned her college degree tuition-free. She did so by attending Indiana’s 21st Century Charter School at Gary, which is a free charter school run and funded by GEO Foundation. GEO Foundation has a mission to serve low income students a high quality education and allows their students to attend college classes and earn credits while working on their diploma.

“When I was in 7th grade, I learned that 21st Century paid for college credits, the books and transportation,” Osborne told Teen Vogue exclusively. “And my family and I all thought that was really awesome and hard to believe.”

Osborne enrolled in 21st Century Charter School as a freshman and took advantage of the college credit program later by enrolling in classes at Purdue University.

“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,” Osborne continued. “He and Mrs. Teasley both told me that I could go as far as I wanted with the program.”

Osborne accredited her ability to balance it all to the fact that both institutions had block scheduling. She could take her high school courses two to three days a week and use her free time to take and focus on her college courses. It was a heavy workload to balance and caused her social life to suffer, but she made it!

Osborne now has a degree and will have a diploma in the coming weeks to show for her hard work and dedication.

The 18-year-old is currently an intern with 21st Century Charter School’s elementary level and has a job offer for a full-time gig as a reading interventionist, set to start in the fall.

Photo Credit: GEO Foundation

Sheriden Chanel is a twenty-something writer, Beyoncé enthusiast, and lover of all things visual art. Keep up with her and her musings on social via @indiebyline.