Most teenagers are in high school, trying to deal with the extra time at home, thanks to coronavirus. However, Jack Rico stands apart from the crowd. He’s a 13-year-old college graduate who’s already managed to earn four associate’s degrees!
One In A Million
Simply graduating from Fullerton College in California would be quite the accomplishment for young Jack Rico. However, the 13-year-old college graduate truly went above and beyond. First, the youngest graduate ever earned four associate degrees in history, human expression, social behavior, and social science. In fact, Fullerton College stated that he’s also the first student to graduate with that selection of degrees! Meanwhile, Rico managed to do it all with a 4.0 GPA!
So, how did the boy do it? “I just love learning new stuff,” Rico said. “I love knowing more about the world and all the different things we could study.” Of course, Rico not only stands apart from his peers, but from the other 21,000 students at Fullerton College each day. Still, everyone quickly accepted the boy as one of their own.
“It is not typical to have such a young student take classes, so Jack is pretty well known on the Fullerton College campus,” commented Fullerton College President Greg Schulz. “Jack is wise beyond his years, and I’m so pleased that he found a home and place to excel at Fullerton College.”
Intelligent From The Start
Rico says there’s no real mystery to success in school: it’s all about studying and scheduling. Likewise, the college graduate careful to listen to everything the professors say, jotting it all down. Meanwhile, his mother, Ru Andrade, stated that her son has always taken a shine to learning and reading. During an interview, she recalled Rico, at the age of four, stating that he already wanted a tour of the White House! “I told him that was a really big trip for a three-year-old,” Andrade said. “Just kidding around, I said, ‘If you can memorize all the presidents, I’ll take you.'”
As you might imagine, Rico did not disappoint. Just a week later, the 4-year-old surprised his mother, saying,”‘I already knew the presidents, but I memorized all the vice presidents so that we could go,'” Andrade recalled. “So that’s when I knew, ‘Oh, you’re already smarter than me.'” A few months later, Rico received the tour he so desperately wanted, starting a lifelong obsession with learning…
Unfortunate Graduation Ceremony
A little too fast for public school, Rico remained homeschooled until he attended college. There, he finally had the chance to take classes and interact with others – as well as his first graduation! Unfortunately, COVID-19 canceled his plans. “I was a little sad and disappointed because I never had a graduation,” he said. Fortunately, his family and college president still attended a drive-by graduation and took pictures together. Thinking about the future, the 13-year-old college graduate currently plans to continue studying history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
“I’m 13 right now, so I don’t really have the whole life thing figured out,” Rico stated. “I’m still trying to explore my interests and learn what I want to do in life.” But now, proving that he’s just a kid, he’ll go back to playing videogames.