Julia Nepper has been on an educational fast track since before she was a teen.
She began college at age 11 and graduated with two associate degrees from Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington at age 14, as reported by the Star-News. She went on to complete a bachelor’s degree at UNC-Wilmington at age 16, according to WECT.
Now, at age 23, people can call her “doctor.”
Nepper added a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin to her résumé earlier this month.
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“Most of the people I’ve met in my life could have done what I did if they had the right support,” Nepper told WECT. “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.”
Nepper tried time in public middle and high schools after being home schooled, but they didn’t let her advance grade levels as fast as her family would have liked, according to the Star-News. That led to her enrolling at Cape Fear, where her father had to accompany his daughter to classes because of her young age.
Now that her days as a doctoral student are behind her, Nepper told WECT she’s weighing her career options.
“I’ve been in college most of my life and I haven’t really been in the real world,” she told the TV station. “It’s exciting but actually scary to go out and get a job.”