You Go, Girl! 16-Year-Old Grace Bush Gets Bachelor’s Degree And High School Diploma In The Same Week

At the age of 16, most young people are settled into high school, getting ready to go on break in the next month (or two), and looking forward to summer. But for 16-year-old Grace Bush of South Florida, she is preparing for graduate school. That’s right, she just obtained her bachelor’s degree from college, and is picking up her high school diploma this Friday.

Whoa.

If you think that’s crazy, so does Bush, who told the CBS affiliate in Miami “It’s kind of weird that I graduated college before high school.” Bush picked up a degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University last Friday, and she was able to complete her program with a 3.8 GPA in three years. Here’s how she did it:

“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.”

Through FAU’s dual enrollment program, high school students are given the chance to earn college credit towards their college degree, and this was something Bush’s family wanted her to do. You see, Bush is the third of NINE children, and according to the CBS affiliate, her family says they’re not financially able to send all of their children off to college. But Bush’s mom, Gisla, who homeschooled all of her kids early on, says she knew there was something special about Grace. She told CBS that “At two years old, she was already reading and I was totally shocked.”

So what’s next for Ms. Grace? She says that she plans to pursue a master’s degree in the fall and then wants to go to law school. She has big goals to achieve.

“I would eventually like to become chief justice of the United States.”

But first, she gets to enjoy her summer break. And how does Grace plan on spending the free time she will get?

“To study for the LSAT, so I can get as high a score as possible, so hopefully I can get a full ride into a good school, law school.”

Always super excited to hear about students excelling greatly and overcoming major adversities. Makes my heart smile. Congratulations to Grace and her family!

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