After graduating from high school, Oprah attended Tennessee State University on a full scholarship she had won based on her communication skills. In 1973, she graduated with a degree in Speech Communications and Performing Arts.
If you're looking to follow in Oprah's footsteps, the key is apparently to start early. If you can get a job in your field while still in high school, that's the ticket. If not, education is paramount.
After a tumultuous and troubling childhood, Winfrey ran away from home at the age of 13. Unable to go to a juvenile detention home due to lack of space, she went to live with the man she calls her father, although doubts have recently been cast that Vernon Winfrey is indeed Oprah's biological father.
But biological father or not, Vernon Winfrey placed a high value on Oprah's education, requiring her to read a book each week and write a book report on it. Oprah lived with Vernon Winfrey in Nashville, TN, where she attended East Nashville High School. She was an honors student and a member of the school's speech team, and at the age of 17, she got a job reading the news part-time for WVOL, a local radio station.