16-Year Old Girl And Her 37-Year-Old Stay At Home Mom Become College Classmates

by Kelly Glass
Kelly Glass is a writer whose work focuses on the intersections of parenting, health, and pop culture. She lives in an Illinois college town with her educator husband, wildly ambitious sons, dog, and several fish. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Romper,, HelloGiggles,, What to Expect, and more.

Sixteen-year-old Emma is a college student who excelled her way out of high school, skipping the ninth through 12th grades and heading right into college. With her mom there to encourage her, Emma took the Texas Success Initiative test, which determined she was ready for higher education.

Alongside Emma is her 37-year-old mother, Kathy, who was so inspired by her daughter’s achievements that she decided to go to college herself.

The mother of three decided to become a stay-at-home mom to care for her family when she first had kids. Kathy said she assumed her college days were over. Both mother and daughter are now classmates at University of North Texas. “Going to college together just makes our friendship so much stronger,” Emma said.

“We study together. We help each other out. It’s really nice.”

Kathy agreed, saying, “It’s nice to have that built-in study buddy.” At first, they didn’t have intentions of enrolling in the same classes. “First day of class, the professor of course says, ‘You guys have the same last name. Are you sisters?’ … I’m like, ‘I’m her mother,’ and Emma at first was so embarrassed,” Kathy said. “I think initially professors think somehow I’m going to help her, when the truth is, a lot of times she was helping me.”

The mommy-daughter duo also attends football games together along with their new group of college friends. “She’s my best friend,” Emma told Inside Edition. “No matter what, she’s going to be there to support me and she’ll love me no matter what.” 

The family that studies together stays together. Watch the video for proof.

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