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University of Arizona student the first college graduate in family of 20

Posted at 6:42 AM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 11:21:56-04

The University of Arizona will be giving out a diploma to a student who is the first in her entire family to graduate from college.

"I have 20 family members coming. It's a huge deal, I only thought a few would come, but everyone from across the country is coming to see me graduate so I'm super excited about that," said Emily Leptich.

With two degrees in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, she has received five offers from graduate programs, four of them from elite colleges.

In July, she'll be heading to Houston, ""I ended up choosing Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, it's the largest health center in the world and has tons of resources, and I'm super excited to start there."

Emily had to overcome a few obstacles during her collegiate journey. She's had to overcome food scarcity, as a low-income student, and ADHD, "It's something that I struggle with, but its also something that I think sets me apart from everybody else. And I've been able to use it to my advantage as well."

In the past, Emily says her family prioritized working to support the family over education, which is why she is the first in her family to obtain her college degree. Her younger sister, following in her footsteps, graduates next year.