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13-year-old boy just graduated college with 4 associate’s degrees & now he’s onto the next big thing

May 31st, 2020

At age 13, most boys are involved in some type of sport, they’re starting to like girls, and they love adventures of all kinds. This is the time when they’re still young kids trying to figure out how to be a teenager. It’s a fun and exciting phase for them and their parents.

But once in a blue moon, you hear about a boy this age who’s, well, special. Jack Rico is a highly intelligent lad and by the looks of it, he has an incredibly bright future ahead of him.

Who’s Jack Rico?

In a lot of ways, Jack is just like other boys his age, but one thing sets him apart from his peers. He’s highly intelligent, well beyond his years. So smart in fact that you won’t find him in middle school.

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Loving academics

As a gifted child, Jack loves school. He’s interested in an assortment of subjects and excels in all of them. But recently, this 13-year-old did something that’s virtually unheard of. He earned a college degree.

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Let’s clarify

Jack didn’t earn just one Associate’s degree but four. You heard that right. Barely a teenager, he studied at Fullerton College. And due to his amazing intellect, he’s going on to the University of Nevada thanks to a full-ride scholarship.

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There’s no one like him

That by itself is impressive enough. But come to find out, Jack qualifies as the youngest person to have ever graduated from Fullerton. He knew what he wanted to accomplish and with hard work and determination, he met his goal.

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Graduation interrupted

Like thousands upon thousands of college students around the country, the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible for Jack to walk across the stage to receive his diplomas. But that’s okay. Instead, he received a fantastic drive-by celebration.

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Looking forward to the future

With words of wisdom far beyond his age, Jack had this to say about his future academics. “I’m 13, so I don’t want to rush everything. I’m still trying to figure it out but I just want to focus on learning right now. That’s what I love to do.”

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His area of interest

For now, Jack remains focused on History. When he attends the University of Nevada, his plans include earning a Bachelor’s degree. But we have a feeling this teenager won’t stop there. With such amazing success, the sky’s the limit.

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Mind-blowing

To earn an associate’s degree, you must attend college for two years. That means Jack started his college endeavor at the mere age of 11. But from then to now, he’s been able to get four degrees under his belt. For any of you who’ve attended college, you know that’s quite a feat.

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Additional interest

Yes, Jack is a rare human being, having graduated from college at the ripe age of 13. But as mentioned, he’s still a young boy. When asked what other types of things he enjoys, he didn’t hesitate to share that he loves playing video games.

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Making international news

It didn’t take any time for Jack’s story to spread. Not only did it make headlines in the United States but also around the world. People everywhere are mesmerized with the qualities this young boy possesses.

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Hopefully, his family will be generous enough to share occasional updates. After all, a lot of people respect Jack and would love updates on where he’s at during various phases of his life. Kudos to you, young man. Keep following your dreams. And remember to have some fun along the way.

To learn more about Jack and his college days, we invite you to watch the video below.

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Source: ABC7, YouTube

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