Woman Chases Dreams To Become 1st Student With Downs To Graduate From Her University.

In 2014, AnnaRose Rubright graduated from high school with the same goal so many other students have: to get her bachelor’s degree.

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While her journey has been challenging because she has Down syndrome, she was determined to pursue her dream!


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First, she earned her associate’s degree from Rowan College in New Jersey in 2017. Then she transferred to Rowan University’s main campus, where she just became the first student with Downs to graduate from the school!

“She thinks for herself and does her own thing,” her mom Lin said. “When she decides to do something, she goes all the way.”

AnnaRose studied radio, television, and film and worked relentlessly to maintain her great grades.


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“During the school term, there is not a lot of time for free activity,” Lin said. “She is sitting at that kitchen table, working and plugging away. Because what takes you or me 20 minutes to read, could take AnnaRose anywhere from an hour to three hours depending on the context and the vocabulary.”

On some days, AnnaRose felt so discouraged that her mom reminded her it was OK to change her plans, but AnnaRose refused to stop!

Not only that, but she also got involved in advocacy programs to fight for herself and other people with disabilities. She has appeared in a PSA, addressed a United Nations panel, and even lobbied for disability rights to lawmakers in Washington, D.C.


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This is only the beginning for this incredible woman because she has a new dream now! She wants to continue advocating for communities with disabilities by creating podcasts, documentaries, and more.

She’s already proven she can do anything she sets her mind to, and we’re certain there’s no stopping her! We’re so proud of you, AnnaRose!

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