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This 23-Year-Old PhD Grad Started College at 12

By Victor Trammell

Photo credits: WECT-TV 6

The following success story is a testament of greatness, which proves that homeschooling your child is a tested and effective way to prepare them for a future of academic excellence.

Nadine Nepper, a mother from the U.S. state of North Carolina raised a daughter named Julia Nepper (pictured left and right) who she began homeschooling herself when Julia was very young. Nadine knew that her daughter was a genius but she felt that Julia’s conventional school setting was not helping her reach her fullest potential.

“[Julia’s father and I] didn’t think she was being challenged enough. It was suggested if we wanted her to excel, we’d have to pull her out and homeschool her,” Nadine said in an exclusive interview with WECT-TV, a local NBC-affiliated news station based in Wilmington, North Carolina.

That is exactly what Julia’s parents did and by the time their daughter was 12 years of age, she was already starting college! Nadine is no longer married to Julia’s father. However, that did not stop the two parents from working diligently together to make sure their daughter got a quality education experience.

By the time Julia was 14, she earned her Associate’s Degree from Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina. From there, Julia went on to continue her education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the age of 16. But the bright young trailblazer was not through yet.

After her undergraduate work was complete, Julia entered the University of Wisconsin. After five more years of study at the Division One school, Julia earned her PhD at just 23 years of age! In December of 2017, Julia tweeted a photo of herself and a fellow doctoral graduate donning their special caps and gowns.

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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,” Julia told WECT-TV. “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,” she continued.

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