She Started College At 12 Years-Old And Now This North Carolina Woman Has Her Ph.D At 23

January 7, 2018  |  

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At 12-years-old, most of us were busy adjusting to junior high school, but North Carolina native Julia Lepper was busy working towards her first associate’s degree. Now, after two associate’s degrees from Cape Fear Community College and a bachelor’s degree from UNC Wilmington, the 23-year-old has graduated with her Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin.

Her parents told WCET that they knew she was gifted from an early age. To help her excel, they began to homeschool her and she proved to be in a class of her own. Nepper said she is grateful that her parents always encouraged her to exceed expectations.

“Most of the people I’ve met, in my life, could have done what I did if they had the right support,” Nepper told WCET. “I don’t fault my parents, pushing me, with regards to my education. Clearly, I could handle it and it worked. So they must have done something right.”

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Nepper said she is nervous but excited to get out into “the real world.”

“It’s exciting but actually scary to go out and get a job.”

Eventhough her mother would like for her to return home to Wilmington, NC, Nepper has hopes of landing a job in Japan.

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