BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — When 17-year-old Anyla Fleming isn’t doing homework she’s probably just hanging out with family and friends or going to church but when that’s all over with, it’s back to business — but it’s all paying off.
“I study a lot. Before ya’ll got here, I was just doing homework, ” said Fleming. “And at night I’ll most likely be doing homework.”
Fifty-eight college credits later the Geo Next Generation High School senior will be leaving the halls having earned her diploma along with an associate degree from Baton Rouge Community College.
“Coming into it in ninth grade, just jumping straight into it, it was a little nerve-wracking. I didn’t think I’d make it this far. Getting the opportunity to get my associates is something none of my family has done. I just kind of wanted to create a new level for my family.”
Ambition doesn’t fall too far from the tree.
“So I come from a family where education is very important, so most everybody in my family has graduated college, become lawyers, teachers, judges,” said Fleming.
With the help of her counselor, she’s managing high school, college and sports. She’s also had to learn some lessons in time management and self-care.
“You can ask Ms. Katie, I have been in her office probably more than any other student,” said Fleming. “I started to step back, and I was like, I don’t have to go above and beyond for every assignment. I allowed myself to start sleeping at night instead of doing homework all night, staring at a computer.”
So far, the future is looking bright for Fleming who already has big plans, and she’s taking the next steps to turn her dream into a reality.
“My aunt being a lawyer, she would take me to her office when I was younger. She would show me around and I just loved the environment that she had so I just wanted that for myself. I want to become a family prosecutor,” said Fleming. “So far I’ve applied to Howard University, Prairie View A&M and FAMU.”
Until then, she’ll be gracing the halls of Geo Next Generation High School for just a few months longer.
“Keep going, it’s not over until it’s over.”