GREENSBORO, NC - The Good Morning Show's stellar graduate series continues with a young man who is going from high school to college and law school in record time!
At 18 years old, Bilall Issifou is literally on the fast track to success. He's part of the Accelerated Pathway to Law School Program which gives students a chance to earn their law degrees in 5 and a half years. Issifou will spend three years at North Carolina A&T State University and two and a half years at Elon Law School. Once he completes the program, Bilall plans to become a defense attorney.
Issifou graduated from the Middle College at NC A&T this month with a 3.7 GPA in his high school courses and a 3.5 GPA in his college classes. He stays busy playing football, running track and mentoring young men at a middle school in Greensboro.
"I don't get a lot of sleep, I'm always active. I'm a busy body so I don't really have enough time to sleep, I just keep going and stay active," said Issifou.
His hard work is paying off. He was recently recognized by the Guilford County School District for spending 336 service hours in the community, mentoring students at Kiser Middle School.
"My busy schedule always kept me structured and focused. So, going from school to playing sports when the football season was over, I was also able to give back to the kids in middle school who look up to us."
Issifou says his passion for success stems from the need to be a good role model for his younger brothers and sisters.
"I'm the oldest, so I'm the one who everyone looks up to; all eyes on me, so I have to show them the right way how to do things."
He's thankful for the program that will allow him to jump-start his career.
"When this opportunity came about, I thought it was the best thing ever because I get to jump right into my career. I go to college, go to law school and then start my career at a young age and I think that's the best thing, starting off young so you can retire early."
No surprise, this talented and intelligent teenager wanted to be an attorney early on.
"It started off as a joke and now I'm actually going to be a lawyer," he told WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain. He added why he wants to become an attorney. "I want to be a defense attorney because I think the black community needs more advocates to interpret the law better and I feel like that will in turn stop things like police brutality and discriminatory sentences. I have a business mindset also, but I feel like giving back and being able to represent people will be a better suit for me than doing business," said Issifou.
Issifou officially starts classes at NC A&T in the fall, but the whiz kid decided again to get a jump start by taking classes over the summer. Good Luck!