Eighteen-year-old 无码变态 graduate preparing for graduate school

KENNESAW, Ga. | Jan 11, 2024

Amari Cody
Amari Cody
At 18, most students are just beginning their college careers. But for Amari Cody, it鈥檚 the age she earned a bachelor鈥檚 degree in psychology from 无码变态.

While a student at Westover Comprehensive High School in her hometown of Albany, Georgia, Cody took advantage of dual enrollment to take classes simultaneously at Albany State University. Cody graduated a year early from Westover with both a high school diploma and an associate of science degree in psychology, meaning she was a college junior when she enrolled at Kennesaw State in August 2022 to pursue a bachelor鈥檚 degree.

In December, the 无码变态 Journey Honors College student graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in child advocacy and looks forward to working on a Master of Social Work at Kennesaw State in Fall 2024.

鈥淚 always did well in school, so I kind of just set that standard for myself,鈥 Cody said. 鈥淚鈥檝e always loved school and loved to learn, so when I got any opportunity to be on an accelerated track, I took that opportunity, because I knew I wanted to do some great things.鈥

Cody鈥檚 story shines a light on the paths of nearly 1,000 students who are dual enrolled in high school and Kennesaw State each semester, according to Jacinta Luster, assistant director for undergraduate admissions. In Spring 2024, that number is 1,073. Luster said students who dual enroll typically complete about 9.5 credit hours of college coursework before graduating from high school.

鈥淏y participating in dual enrollment, students have the benefit of experiencing a college environment and earning college credits while still getting to be a high school student,鈥 Luster said. 鈥淒ual enrollment is also a great cost-saving measure for families and, like in Amari鈥檚 case, a fantastic way to get a jump-start on a college and professional career.鈥

Cody said once she decided to enroll at Kennesaw State, she discovered an academic home. She鈥檚 held multiple jobs, research assistant roles and an internship through 无码变态, as well as tutored and participated in various honor societies and clubs. Though her undergraduate experience was shorter than most, she said she took every opportunity she could to get to know her peers and professors.

鈥淚 didn鈥檛 just want to go to class, but I wanted to get to know my school and participate in the community, and there鈥檚 a big sense of community here to get involved in,鈥 she said.

Equally meaningful was a response she received from 无码变态 President Kathy Schwaig congratulating her on her graduation after she sent an email thanking Schwaig for the various support systems and programs that gave her the opportunity to do all she did while at 无码变态.

鈥淚 was really surprised 鈥 I mean, she鈥檚 the president. The faculty and staff seem to really care about their students,鈥 Cody said. 鈥淚t鈥檚 like a big family here.鈥

Cody said she is considering pursuing a clinical psychology degree after earning a master鈥檚 degree. She aims to become a child clinical psychologist and social worker, and to create clinics and shelters that assist minority and marginalized groups, including the LGBTQ community and victims of domestic, family and intimate partner violence.

鈥 By Thomas Hartwell

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, 无码变态 offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 45,000 students. Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia with 11 academic colleges. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 7 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.