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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 20: An installation of 857 empty school desks, representing the number of students nationwide who are dropping out every hour of every school day, is on display at the National Mall June 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. The installation was presented by not-for-profit organization College Board to call upon presidential candidates who are running for the White House to make education a more prominent issue in the 2012 campaigns and put the nation’s schools back on track. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

A trio of Tennessee triplets are already on a pre-med track as freshmen in college and they’re only 14! Fatimah, Zaynab and Ahmed Alnassari all attend Middle Tennessee State University, where they’re majoring in biology while they’re dual-enrolled to finish high school. But even more impressive? The teens are in college with their mom, Khadijah, who is also studying biology at the college she attended nearly 20 years ago before dropping out.

The mother of five started there just out of high school, but after 9/11, she says she was afraid to return because of her Muslim religion. So she focused on raising her family and when the triplets decided to apply to Middle Tennessee State University, they encouraged her to do the same. And at 38, she did. All four of them have been students since August 2020 and they all plan to become doctors one day.

And while you might think the kids would rather not have their mom around on campus, they say it’s helpful to have her and each other for group projects, studying, and assignments. “I thought that I could never come back and finish what I’d started, but they inspired me,” Khadijah says. “My kids and my family have made me so much more, have driven me, and allowed me to accomplish my dreams. I couldn’t do what I do without them.”