Grad School at 17?!

While other teenagers are fretting about college choices this time of year, UT student Cynthia Gonzalez, 17, is looking forward to attending graduate school.

In the fall, she took 21 hours, though this semester she is giving herself a “break” by taking 19. Most people who don’t know about her college plans are shocked when they find out.

“I didn’t really want to graduate early [from high school], but junior year, my counselor told me there was nothing really left for me to take, so I might as well graduate and go to college,” Gonzalez said.

Brownsville allowed Gonzalez to enter the University with enough hours to be considered a junior. Gonzalez can recall being impressed with the speech pathologists who helped her in her formative years and decided to pursue a career in the field.

If it all pans out, Cynthia will graduate this summer and attend graduate school in the fall.

Afterward, Cynthia would one day like to open her own speech and hearing clinic in the Rio Grande Valley.

Whaaaat?? This is craziness. And I thought I was smart for going to college at 16. Gee wiz. But I mean, she doesn’t really have a life. School, mass and family? Socialize!!

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