Q&A: Emily Ribelin (11)


Emily Ribelin (12) is one of the few students to graduate a full year early. Ribelin reached her decision around the beginning of her sophomore year.

Jodie Hodges, Author

Q: Why are you graduating a year early?

A:  “I am graduating early because I wanted to get a head start on my college education.”

Q: Are you going away for college, or are you staying close to home?

A: “I am going away. I am actually moving out in June.”

Q: Where are you going to college?

A: “I am going to Carl Sandburg College and then transferring to Bradley University.”

Q: What major are you going for?

A: “[I’m majoring in] Nursing.”

Q: Did you have to take summer courses to graduate early?

A: “ I had to take Algebra 2 and my senior English class online.”

Q: What has been the most challenging part of graduating early?

A:  “The workload has been the most challenging. I always have a ton of homework.”

Q: Are you happy with your decision to graduate early?

A: “I am really happy. I’m so excited.”

Q: What would be your advice to someone who wants to graduate early?

A: “My advice would be make sure you can handle the workload and [that] you are ready for college.”