Elon, NC-- 25-year old Monique Johnson isn't even supposed to be alive. In fact, doctors predicted she wouldn't live past age six. She stands only two feet tall, and on Sunday, she earned her law degree.
News 2's Liz Crawford talked to a young woman with a small frame, but big faith.
When Monique Johnson went across the stage to receive her law degree from Elon University School of Law, you don't even notice the wheelchair. That's because with Monique, there are no limitations, only determination.
"As long as you continue to push, as long as you continue to know that hey, I can do it, you'll reach many many goals," Monique said after the commencement.
She's had a fighting sprit since she was young, diagnosed at birth with a severe case of dwarfism. There were days she wanted to give up.
"It's what you do after that, whether you believe in yourself, is what is going to help get you out of that circumstance," added Monique.
Her family and her faith have helped her achieve what some would consider impossible.
"I just kept saying, thank you God, thank you God, and I could not stop saying it because it was just surreal, and I'm happy, I'm very happy."
Like the 110 other graduates in Monique's class, she is passionate about law, eager to get in the courtroom. But she's not just going to be any lawyer, Monique wants to give a voice to people like her.
Monique said, "Practicing law and advocating for others who have disabilities is very, very important to me and I will strive to do just that."
So, how big is this? Her law degree is almost as tall as she is, a little woman achieving her biggest goal yet.
"If I can do it, you can definitely do it, trust me."
Monique posted stickers on her wheelchair that read, Pray for God's Direction and Trust in God's Unknown Plan.
Starting Monday, Monique is dedicated to a six week study program. She'll take the North Carolina bar exam in July.
On Sunday night, after the commencement, she celebrated with close to 200 people who she said have been her support system. She wanted to thank them for believing in her.
Monique is also a talented artist. She sold her painting to help pay for school at both NC A&T and Elon. To view Monique's blogs and artwork, click here: Life With Monique
Elon Law Class of 2012 comprised of 110 total graduates, representing 42 undergraduate colleges and universities and 15 states. Together, they have contributed more than 25,000 hours of pro bono and community service during their three years of law school.
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