I’ve always been a bit sceptical about home-schooling kids, but these days my prospective on the education system has changed. It feels as though the current system is limiting the expansion of young minds and I often contemplate alternatives, such as home-based education.
However, when it comes to home-schooling, it kind of gets a bad rep, but this girl may just change the minds of sceptics around the globe.
Thessalonika Arzu-Embry, from North Chicago, was home-schooled from the age of 4 and graduated high school at age 11. At age 14 she graduated from college with a bachelor’s in aviation psychology. She is now 16 years old and now working on her doctorate.
Yes, you read that right. Thessalonika went off to college at the mere age of 11. Her mother was afraid of sending her daughter off at such a young age, but I mean if your daughter is getting into colleges at age 11, you kind of have to be OK with that.
The young teen’s IQ was measured at 199, which is 30 points higher than Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein.
Thessalonika isn’t just all brains though, she also has a huge heart. She is an active member in the Living Word Christian Center’s youth group. Rev. David S. Winston had this to say about the remarkably talented young woman, “she is a wonderful young lady with a great heart and energetic spirit. She is very caring about others, and is always thinking of how to serve others first. She is filled with integrity, character and class.”
“Since I was 6 years old, I was an inspirational speaker at an organization called Tabitha House Community Service, a transitional housing for people who were displaced due to various situations such as natural disasters, abuse and violence.” -Thessalonika Arzu-Embry
The plans of this young spirit?
Thessalonika’s goal is to use her knowledge of aviation psychology to determine whether plane crashes are linked to pilots who are dealing with personal issues, which could lead to fatal consequences once a plane takes flight. She is also interested in business and has already written three books. The books include “Jump the Education Barrier,” which was written to help students finish college, “In the Future” aims to help business owners with trends, and “The Genius Race,” is designed to help others become “geniuses in various areas of life.”
When asked if she felt like she was missing out on normal 16 year old stuff, she replied, “Not at all. What different people consider normal is different for them.”
So, where do ‘genius’ capabilities stem from? Are people born with them? Or are ‘geniuses’ just really passionate about learning?
One thing’s for sure, the American education system doesn’t have much to do with it.
If you’re interested in the books the young lady has written or would like to learn more, you can visit her website at thessalonikaarzu.com.