Josh Brandon will graduate from college before he graduates from high school. Brandon is a senior at Carrier Mills-Stonefort High School and will graduate on May 14. He will take an associate degree from SIC on May 10.
“I wanted to cut down on some of the time I will spend in college,” he said when asked why he had pursued the demanding task of earning an associate degree while attending high school.
Brandon is a Carrier Mills native, the son of Mike and Mary Ann Brandon. He plans to become a doctor and hopes to practice in Southern Illinois. Brandon has wanted to be a doctor since childhood.
“I really want to help people,” he stated adding, “I have always seen myself giving people a second chance at life. I feel firefighters, police and doctors are real heroes in our society.”
Since his freshman year, Brandon has taken online courses at SIC averaging two to three courses a semester and each summer. His hard work has paid off for him and he will enter McKendree College this fall, taking premedical courses.
Brandon carries a 5.0 out of a possible 5.0 as his career GPA in high school and a career GPA at SIC of 3.95 out of 4.0.
Brandon has been active in speech and theater in high school, participating on the speech team as a freshman and sophomore and in theater as a senior. At SIC he volunteers at the Mary Jo Oldham Center for Child Study and enjoys working with the children there. Despite his grueling schedule Josh finds time to be a kid enjoying listening to music, playing basketball. He also enjoys spending time with his “fantastic girlfriend.”
“I love my X-Box 360,” Josh said with a smile.
Brandon admits that he gets frustrated with schoolwork sometimes, but he finds taking a break and coming back and working through the problem works well for him.
“Miss (Kim) Martin, my calculus instructor at SIC has really made me work this year,” he said.
Brandon said he thanks the community, high school and SIC for giving him the opportunity to achieve his scholastic success, feeling that at other schools he would not have had the same chances.
“I don’t think I’m a really smart kid, I just work hard at it,” he said.