A 10-year-old girl has earned herself a first academic degree.
Now 14, Dorothy Jean Tillman, a brilliant young teenager already has two university degrees to her credit.
Dorothy graduated from the College of Lake County in Grayslake with an associate degree in Psychology at the age of 10.
In July 2018, she bagged her bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College at age 12.
Miss Tillman plans to pursue a diploma in Environmental Engineering soon but she is currently taking some time off the classroom.
DJ’s mother noticed her daughter’s love for school when she began memorizing “double digits by four or three” and made an effort to nurture her love for learning. She also added that her child “is one of the greatest” things to come out of Chicago’s south side. Despite her academic prowess, the child prodigy still makes time for leisure activities. “It’s not I just lock myself away from the world,” she said. “I still have friends and we go to the park and go to the movies.”
Young Tillman believes that environmental engineering is all about helping people and the environment, and that’s just what she’d love to do. ”I want to get my master’s in environmental engineering. I do want to take a couple of gap months,” she said.
Her mother believes that Dorothy is one of many great things emerging out of the south side of Chicago.
”Dorothy, I believe, started doing double digits by four or three, and we were really excited about the way she loved learning,” her mother said.