When Arianna Johnson heard about the Early College program from students who were already a part of it, she knew she wanted to be a part of it. It would be a challenge for her mom to pay college tuition for both her and her twin sister, and this would let her get college credits completed for free while she was still in high school. She and her sister Ariel both signed up.

Not only did she earn college credits at Daley College while at Sarah E. GoodeSTEM Academy – she is graduating with her Associate in Science this May – a month before she officially earns her high school diploma.

Arianna was part of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society at Daley College, and the National Honors Society, basketball and badminton teams at Goode. Now, she is on her way to Elmhurst College in the fall to continue her studies – right now, she is interested in studying psychology and wants to look into a career in forensic psychology.

Now, Arianna wants to share her experience with others, saying “it will be hard sometimes, but it’s a good opportunity. If you are thinking about it – try it. It’s a good introduction to the college life, it makes you more independent, and gets you a step ahead.”

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