Associate degrees

13-year-old graduates with four associate degrees

With his love for video games and his little arguments with his older sister, Jack Rico could look like any other 13-year-old boy.

But Rico is anything but average: the teenager has just earned four associate degrees – and he’s done it in just two years.

Rico graduated from Fullerton College in California last weekend, making him the youngest student to achieve the feat in the school’s 107-year history, the college confirmed to CNN.

Majoring in a study is hard enough, but the baby-facing teen earned associate’s degrees in history, human expression, social behavior and social science while maintaining a 4.0 GPA, has he declared.

“I love learning new things,” Rico told CNN. “I love learning about the world and all the different things we could study.”

The community college has around 21,000 other students from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life. But Fullerton College president Greg Schulz said Rico couldn’t help but stand out from the crowd.

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“It’s not typical for such a young student to take classes, so Jack is pretty well known on the Fullerton College campus,” Schulz told CNN. “Jack is wise beyond his years, and I’m so glad he found a home and a place to excel at Fullerton College.”

If you are dying to know the secret method of the young wonder’s achievements, Rico said there is none. Just good time management and listening to your instructors, he said.

Gifted from a toddler

Rico’s mother, Ru Andrade, said she’s known her son was special since he was a young boy. When Rico was about to turn four, she asked him what he wanted for his birthday.

While other boys his age might have asked for toys or a trip to Disneyland, Rico said he wanted to see the White House.

“I told him it was a really big trip for a three-year-old,” Andrade said. “I was kidding, I said, ‘If you can memorize all the presidents, I’ll take you. “”

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A week later, Rico came to see his mother and surprised her with his response.

“He said, ‘I already knew the presidents, but I memorized all the vice presidents so we could go,'” Andrade recalled. “So that’s when I knew, ‘Oh, you’re already smarter than me.'”

Rico got his birthday wish granted.

Next stop: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Having been home-schooled before going to Fullerton, Rico’s first official degree was his college degree. But following the coronavirus pandemichis in-person graduation ceremony was canceled.

“I was a bit sad and disappointed because I never got a degree,” Rico said.

Instead, her family and friends will help her celebrate by hosting a graduation car parade on Wednesday.

The next step for Rico is to continue studying history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he received a full turn.

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Although he was a few steps ahead of his age group, he said he was still just a kid.

“I’m 13 right now, so I haven’t really figured out all of life,” Rico said, when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up. “I always try to explore my interests and learn what I want to do in life.”

It’s summertime right now – and Rico said he would love to get back to his video games.

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