Obtaining four university degrees in two years is an achievement in itself. Now imagine doing it at 13. That’s exactly what Jack Rico, a 13-year-old from California, did.
Last week, Rico became Fullerton College’s youngest graduate in the school’s 107-year history.
He has earned degrees in History, Human Expression, Social Behavior and Social Sciences, while maintaining his 4.0 GPA, he Recount CNN.
“I love learning new things,” he said. “I love learning about the world and all the different things we could study.”
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He began studying at Fullerton when he was just 11 years old, earning all four degrees in just two years.
“It’s been a pure joy having Jack as a son and I couldn’t be more proud of him,” mum Ru Andrade said. Recount People.
Andrade says she always knew her son was special, ever since he asked to visit the White House for his fourth birthday.
“I told him it was a big trip for a little guy and I would take him if he could learn all the presidents,” she said. “A week later he said, ‘Mom, I have a confession to make to you. I already knew all the presidents, but I learned all the vice presidents if this will still count?’
She started homeschooling him when she realized he struggled with challenges in public school.
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“When he was 11, I knew he needed more challenges and a better teacher than me,” she told the magazine.
That’s when she decided to enroll him in Fullerton College’s Bridge program, which allows students from kindergarten to grade 12 to attend after passing placement tests.
After passing, he started by taking a course and slowly continued to take more and more.
Although the future of schooling is uncertain given the coronavirus pandemic, Rico says he will be heading to the University of Nevada in the fall on a full scholarship.
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“I’m 13, so I don’t want to rush everything”, Rico Recount KABC-TV. “I’m still trying to figure it out, but I just want to focus on learning right now.
“That’s what I like to do.”
While Rico may seem like a boy genius, his mother says he’s just dedicated and passionate.
“Jack is not a genius, he just works really hard,” Andrade told People. “We are so happy for Jack and all of his academic achievements, however, he is an even more awesome human being.”
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