Teen set to graduate college before getting her high school diploma

An Indiana teenager is preparing to graduate just like many other people her age -- but this brainiac will be receiving two diplomas instead of one.

Raven Osborne, 18, will be graduating from college before she graduates from high school.

She has been taking college classes part time and will receive her bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in early childhood education from Purdue University Northwest on May 5.

On May 22, Osborne will graduate from 21st Century Charter School in Gary -- and shortly after, she will return as a teacher.

"Yeah, they think I'm lying," Raven told CBS News.

According to the Big Ten Network (BTN), Osborne started taking classes at a community college as a freshman. Shortly after, she received an associate's degree in general studies.

Her mother, Hazel Osborne, and her high school's superintendent, Kevin Teasley, encouraged her to go for her bachelor's degree.

Osborne told the Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune in 2016 that she was diagnosed with a learning disability when she was younger.

She fought through the stigma and eventually made the tough choice to take both high school and college classes at the same time. As you might imagine, it hasn't always been easy.

"My mother always told me I could do whatever I wanted to do in life," she told the paper.

At Purdue Northwest, faculty and staff have always been impressed with Osborne's hard work.

"She not only is academically gifted, but has demonstrated amazing intellectual maturity in her pursuit of a baccalaureate degree at Purdue Northwest," Purdue Northwest spokesperson Wes Lukoshus told the Northwest Indiana Times.

A sociology teacher at the school, Ralph Cherry, told the paper he had no idea she was a high school student.

On top of all her schoolwork, Osborne was also trying to earn money at the same time. She worked the midnight shift at a daycare center for parents who work a night shift.

"I just had to watch the children while they were sleeping, then feed them breakfast when they woke up," she said. "It just got to be too stressful, and I had to resign."

Osborne will be following her passion for working with children when she heads back to the charter school she attended soon. This time, she will be an early interventionist with elementary-age children. Not bad for a recent high school graduate.

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