The New Class
Living Up To My Potential
Associate of Arts, Education
"What attracted me to One Million Degrees is the fact you have to have a 2.5 GPA. Having to meet that requirement is keeping me on track. The coordinators are so concerned with our wellbeing and really supportive."
Joshua was born and raised in Chicago. He has 7 siblings, and is the first male family member to graduate from high school and enroll in college. He decided to pursue his degree so he could have a career he loves.
"What attracted me to One Million Degrees is the fact that you have to have a 2.5 GPA. Having to meet that requirement is keeping me on track. The coordinators are so concerned with our wellbeing and really supportive."
Second and Third Year Scholars
A Lover And A Fighter
Associate of Science, Biological Science
Of her biggest inspiration (her mother): “This woman has showed me nothing is impossible.
I owe her my life. She motivates me to be the best person I can be,
and for that, I love her eternally.”
Homira describes herself as a lover and a fighter. She learned to be independent at a very young age, as her father left the family when she was a child, and her mother works overseas with the military. This left Homira capable of fighting for what she wanted in life. She says she's had little support, motivation, and involvement in the community since her mother left, but that she regained all of this when she applied for OMD. Homira is currently studying Biological Studies at Harper College and plans to transfer to a four-year university.
Prairie State College
Associate of Science, Aug 2012
"When I graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago, I will be walking away from OMD with confidence, wisdom, and even more determination to better myself and my child’s life."
Nadia is studying bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago and plans to pursue a career in biomedical engineering. Nadia’s two life goals are to provide the best opportunities she can for her son and to make a positive impact on the world. With the help of OMD, Nadia is excelling in her classes and working to achieve her goals.