Think about what you were doing when you were 13, what you had accomplished… Maybe some good grades or a fun haircut. Or, in my case, mastering how to eat rice with chopsticks. I was proud of it before, but now that I’ve read about a 13 year old college graduate boy with not one, but four associate degrees… well. Well done, my friend, well done.
According to ABC 7, Jack Rico just became the youngest person to ever graduate from Fullerton College in California. Jack started taking classes at community college when he was just 11 years old and has earned a total of four associate degrees since then. That’s right, Jack earned four associate degrees in two years when he was 13. It’s a huge accomplishment that should be celebrated, but unfortunately the graduation ceremony will not take place in the traditional sense due to the ongoing pandemic. Instead, on Wednesday there will be a drive-in ceremony in La Mirada, Calif., according to ABC 7.
Despite the absence of a traditional graduation ceremony, a Fullerton College spokesperson Recount People that achieving Jack is a big deal. “The college was established in 1913, so it’s quite a legacy it can lay claim to!” the college told the magazine.
Jack may be the youngest graduate from his community college in California, but he’s not resting on his laurels. According to CNN, he will leave the University of Nevada for a full scholarship alongside pursuing history studies, although he hasn’t quite decided what he will do with this degree yet. As he told ABC 7, his main priority right now is just learn a lot. “I’m 13, so I don’t want to rush everything,” he said. “I’m still trying to figure it out, but I just want to focus on learning right now. That’s what I love to do.” Plus, he said he loves video games, so it’s hard to imagine where he finds the time.
It’s hugely impressive that Jack graduated at 13, but there were other incredibly young graduates before him. A 11 year old graduate boy from St. Petersburg College last year in Florida, for example. And then there is Laurent Simons, 9 years old, who earned an electrical engineering degree from Eindhoven University of Technology in Belgium last year, according to CNN. So, yeah, kids these days are awesome.