It’s time for another story to celebrate Black excellence! Introducing 16-year-old Grace Bush, a Florida wiz kid who earned her college degree a week before graduating high school!
That’s right, this brilliant young woman received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the Florida Atlantic University on Friday and now she’s looking forward to walking across the stage to get her diploma this week.
“It’s kind of weird that I graduated college before high school,” said told CBS Miami. “I started when I was 13 at Broward College and I also took my classes throughout the summer, so I was able to finish it before four years.”
Grace took advantage of her high school’s dual enrollment program, which allows gifted students to earn college credit for degree courses while studying at school. The program also allowed the Bush family to save thousands of dollars in tuition, a huge help considering Grace comes from a family of nine children.
According to her mother Gisla (who home schooled all of her kids), Grace was always a hardworking and smart child. “At two years old, she was already reading and I was totally shocked,” she said.
So what next for the teenager? Grace said she plans to pursue a master’s degree this fall and then go to law school. “I would eventually like to become chief justice of the United States,” she shared.
You go, girl!
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1. Get These Degrees In College
The National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE) surveyed nearly 10k college seniors who were to graduate with their bachelor’s degree spring of 2013 to determine which majors garnered the most job offers. The results were taken from students graduating in 17 different majors, who were actively looking for full-time work upon graduation. ) This is NACE’s list of academic majors offering more jobs.
2. Computer Science: 68.7%
Jobs With This Degree: Computer and Information Systems Manager Computer Hardware Engineer Computer Programmer Computer Support Specialist Computer Systems Analyst Database Administrator Network and Computer Systems Administrator Software Developer Software Engineer Web Developer
3. Economics: : 61.5%
Jobs With This Degree: Administrative Assistant Analyst Assistant Project Manager Budget Analyst Economist, Industry Analyst Field Marketing Associate Financial Assistant Leasing Consultant Loan Officer Operations Research Systems Analyst Project Administrator Research Assistant Sales Engineer Sales Intern State Policy Analyst Statistician Systems
4. Accounting: 61.2%
Jobs With This Degree: Certified Public Accountant Payroll Manager Auditor Entrepreneur Plant Accountant Assistant Controller Estate Planner Professor Bank Examiner FBI Agent Public Accountant Benefits Administrator Financial Analyst Securities Broker Budgetary Control Analyst Government Accountant Stockbroker CIA Agent General Auditor Systems Analyst
5. Engineering: 59%
Jobs With This Degree: Aeronautic / Avionic Engineering Bio-Engineering CAD / Drafting Chemical Engineering Civil & Structural Engineering Electrical / Electronics Engineering Energy / Nuclear Engineering Environmental and Geological Engineering Industrial / Manufacturing Engineering Mechanical Engineering Naval Architecture / Marine Engineering
6. Business Administration: 54.3%
Jobs With This Degree: Accountant Acquisitions Tax Manager Agency Underwriter Banker Billing Clerk Certified Financial Planner Clerical Aide Fashion Merchandising Technician General Office Assistants
7. Social Worker: 42.5%
Jobs With This Degree: Adolescent Specialist Child and Family Social Worker Gerontological Social Worker Healthcare Social Worker Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker School Social Worker
8. Mathematics/Statistics: 40.3%
Jobs With This Degree: Actuary Budget Analyst Economist Financial Analyst Mathematician Operations Research Analyst Statistician
9. Psychology: 39.2%
Jobs With This Degree: Case Management Career Counselor Rehabilitation Specialist Psychiatric Technician
10. History/Political Science: 38.9%
Jobs With This Degree: Government service Public administration Public history Museum work Politics and public service Business, journalism Law enforcement Non-profit organizations
11. Healthcare: 37.8%
Jobs With This Degree: Health Administrator Mental Health Therapist Speech-Language Pathologist Case Manager Occupational Therapist Physical Therapist Social Worker Epidemiologist Medical Library Technician Genetic Counselor
12. Liberal Arts/Humanities: 36.8%
Jobs With This Degree: Archaeologist College professor Consultant Cultural anthropologist Editor/writer Geologist Historian Linguistic anthropologist Museum curator Park interpreter Physical anthropologist Oceanographer Statistician Travel agent/guide
13. Biology: 35.2%
Jobs With This Degree: Dentist Optometrist Pharmacist Physician Physician Assistant Podiatrist Veterinarian Veterinary Assistant and Animal Caretaker
14. Communications/Journalism: 33.8%
Jobs With This Degree: Author Reporter Editor Newscaster Publicity Manager Advertising Manager Marketing Specialist Lobbyist Advertising Specialist Marketing Specialist Copy Writer Account Executive Manager Media Planner Media Buyer
15. English: 33%
Jobs With This Degree: Editorial Assistant Copy Writer Sales Account Manager IT Project Manager Proposal Manager Web Developer Human Resource Generalist Marketing Director Technical Writer
16. Environmental Science: 30.5%
Jobs With This Degree: Research Scientist Environmental Scientist Wetland Soil Specialist Geologist Hydrologist Environmental Coordinator
17. Education: 28.9%
Jobs With This Degree: Education Coordinator Compensation Analyst Assessment Consultant Guidance Counselor Instructional Coordinator Training and Development Specialist or Manager Instructional Designer Health Educator
18. Visual & Performing Arts: 27.8%
Jobs With This Degree: Dancer Performer Actor Artist Painter Sculptor Fashion Designer Acrobat Choreographer Dance Academy Proprietor Dance instructor Dance therapist Director Fashion model Professional dancer Stunt performer
19. Rashida Maples, Esq.
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