If you thought trying to pass high school was tough and remember that college was even more grueling, try completing both at the same time.
South Florida student Grace Bush, 16, did just that. She will be getting both her high school diploma and college degree in the same week. Bush earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice on May 3 before she obtained her high school diploma.
“It’s kind of weird that I graduated college before high school,” Bush told CBS Miami.
What’s even more shocking is that Bush completed the four-year degree in just three years and with a 3.8 grade point average.
“I started when I was 13 at Broward College, and I also took my classes throughout the summer, so I was able to finish it before four years,” she said.
She was part of a dual enrollment program at Florida Atlantic University High School, which allows student to save college tuition costs by earning college credits toward a degree while they attend high school.
According to her mother, Gisla Bush, who homeschooled her nine children; Bush always had “a knack for learning.”
“At two years old, she was already reading and I was totally shocked,” Gisla Bush said.
She is following the lead of her two older sisters (Grace is the third oldest) who also completed the same program. After Grace’s high school diploma arrives on May 9, the new graduate has her sights set on earning a master’s degree and then continuing on to law school.
“I would eventually like to become chief justice of the United States,” Bush said.
But before embarking on another educational journey, she plans on taking a brief break this summer and then returning to her studies — this time for the LSAT.
“So I can get as high a score as possible and hopefully I can get a full ride into a good school, law school,” she said.
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