A 13-year-old boy has become the youngest California college graduate with four associate degrees and a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Jack Rico now plans to study at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on a full scholarship.
Young Jack graduated four degrees in two years from Fullerton College in Southern California to become the youngest graduate in school history.
Jack Rico earned four associate degrees from Fullerton College in California
Fullerton College President Greg Schulz presented Jack with his four degrees at home
Jack was the youngest of 21,000 students and became well known on campus.
“They treat me like any other student,” said Jack CMG. “They’re really nice and I’ve made some friends along the way.”
“It was a really fun and interesting experience,” Jack told the Las Vegas Exam Log. “I didn’t really know what I was looking for at first.”
Jack admitted he found studying both stressful and difficult, but was determined to keep going.
“I still can’t believe I managed something like this,” Jack told CNB4. “I didn’t know I could really do that.”
There was cause for celebration after Jack became Fullerton College’s youngest graduate
Jack plans to further his education and study history at the University of Nevada on a full scholarship
Initially, his goal was to complete an associate’s degree, but he ended up taking classes in four subjects: history; arts and human expression; social behavior and personal development; and social sciences.
Sadly, her first official graduation was canceled as a result of the pandemic, so her family held a drive-by parade outside her front door.
“I was a bit sad and disappointed because I never got a degree,” Jack told CNN.
He will now study history at UNLV as part of a bachelor’s degree in history.
“I’ve always been interested in history,” he says. “This is the story where we come from.”
His classes will begin next month and he will initially be taught remotely.
Jack was Fullerton College’s youngest graduate in its history
The dean of students said Jack was a popular figure on the campus of 21,000
“He’s not a genius,” mum Ru Andrade said. Her sister is 15, moved away and was also homeschooled. “He works very hard. He loves information and loves to learn,’ Jack’s mum said
“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 like to do.
Ultimately, the whole family plans to move from their Whittier home near Los Angeles to Las Vegas and stay in a hotel three days a week while Jack goes to his in-person classes, which would be the first three days of each week.
Her 15-year-old, home-schooled older sister will also come with the family.
Despite his young age, UNLV spokesman Tony Allen said the university would do everything possible to make Jack feel at home.
Her degrees are in Social Sciences, Social Behavior and Personal Development, Arts and Human Expression, and History.
When Jack is not touching books, he is said to be passionate about video games
“Jack is a remarkable young man with a bright future ahead of him, and we are thrilled that he has chosen UNLV to continue his college journey,” Allen said. “We have a long history of Rebels achieving this by pursuing their dreams, no matter how big, and we look forward to welcoming Jack and his family to UNLV.”
Although history is his main area of interest, Jack intends to study a variety of other subjects. “I still haven’t figured out life yet,” he told the newspaper.
“He’s not a genius,” mum Ru Andrade said. ‘He works very hard. He loves information and likes to learn.
“He really is 13 when it comes to playing. He will finish his job just to get to his video games as fast as possible,” she said.
Andrade says his son has always been smart. “He came out smart. He was always like an old soul.
Jack, like his sister, was also home schooled which gave him time to learn and be creative.
Jack is pictured at his graduation ceremony with Fullerton College President Greg Schulz, right, and Dean of Social Sciences Jorge Gamboa, left