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What do you think about when you hear child prodigies have graduated college at such a young age?

Posted by on May. 2, 2012 at 5:16 AM
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Girl Graduates From College & Turns 16 All in One Month

Posted by Jeanne Sager on May 1, 2012 

graduationGet ready to feel old. This month a girl named Serra Crawford will graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor's degree. This month Serra Crawford will also turn 16

And here I usually shock people when I tell them I was 16 when I graduated from high school. I was practically an old woman when compared to the Wisconsin teenager who started taking college courses at 10. TEN!

I love that a kid has the guts to go off to college at 10 years old and sit in a classroom with a bunch of 18-year-old kids. I love that she's got the brains to do it! We all spend our kids' early years crossing our fingers that they will develop into geniuses, and we push them toward greatness. But this comment from Crawford hit me hard:

I definitely think there are some times that I am missing out on high school, but I think overall, this is just a great opportunity for me because I'll be graduating at 16, and I'll have five years to do whatever I want to do something really spectacular -- either get an extra degree or volunteer work.

Five years to go volunteer or get another degree? What about hanging out with friends at the mall or wasting an entire day sleeping? Isn't that what being a teenager is about?

I don't mean to knock this kid. I really don't. If this is what she loves, more power to her. Her parents should be very proud

And yes, if my kid wanted to do that, I'd be proud of her too. But I'll be honest with you. I don't have a secret desire for my kid to follow in those footsteps. I want her to be a child for as long as she can, to play childish games, and dream childish dreams.

We spend so much of our lives being adults, so much of our adult lives feeling "old." And there's only so much time that we get to just be young.

What do you think about when you hear child prodigies have graduated college at such a young age?

by on May. 2, 2012 at 5:16 AM
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Moma3boyz
by on May. 2, 2012 at 7:34 AM
I have mixed feelings. On one hand if that is what she wanted to do then good for her! Its awesome that her parents supported her. On the other I wonder if she took time to be a kid. Either way as long as she is happy and doing what she wants instead of what she thinks everyone else wants then I am happy for her.
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armygirl16
by Bronze Member on May. 2, 2012 at 9:01 AM
I think that if it was something she really wanted (and wasn't pressured by parents or others) then that's great for her! Some kids just thrive on academics and truly love to learn. It may seem strange to most because most kids just want to play. I was more of the academic type as well. I could have graduated high school at 16 but I went to 5 different high schools and ended up missing out on almost 2 years of school credits just from moving so much and some schools not accepting other credits. I took twice as many credits as other kids my age my senior year just to graduate on time.
As a kid though I would read all summer long and couldn't wait for school to start back up. My dad would give me assignments to do over the summer, just to satisfy me.
So I'd say if she really wanted it then that's awesome for her. :)
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usmom3
by BJ on May. 2, 2012 at 10:37 AM
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 I hope it helps her get a good start as an adult!

lucsch
by Bronze Member on May. 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM
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I feel sorry for her that she was cheated out of her childhood.

There is so much more to becoming a well-rounded, healthy adult than academics!

oredeb
by debbie on May. 2, 2012 at 11:41 AM

 i believe we have a couple on here, but i do feel sorry for them, seems like they'd be missing out on those years, i wonder how they feel?

MedicMommy2
by on May. 2, 2012 at 12:39 PM

I started college at 16 and it was hard mentally. The classes were a breeze but just being with people who are older and on a different mental level sucked. I think its great if this is what she wanted, but suckes if not.

ablessedlife
by Member on May. 2, 2012 at 6:39 PM
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This girl doesn't seem to think she's missing out on anything.  At least she is not worried about it.  Good for her!  If we say that she should be "hanging out with friends at the mall or wasting an entire day sleeping," then we are doing the same thing as those who say that our children should be in school.  We are assuming that certain activities make up a childhood.  Perhaps our children will say similar things about homeschool: "I definitely think there are some times that I am missing out on (highschool), but think overall, ..."

kirbymom
by Sonja on May. 2, 2012 at 9:56 PM

 I agree with the underlined statements you have made.  They are so truthful.

Quoting ablessedlife:

This girl doesn't seem to think she's missing out on anything.  At least she is not worried about it.  Good for her!  If we say that she should be "hanging out with friends at the mall or wasting an entire day sleeping," then we are doing the same thing as those who say that our children should be in school.  We are assuming that certain activities make up a childhood.  Perhaps our children will say similar things about homeschool: "I definitely think there are some times that I am missing out on (highschool), but think overall, ..."

 

Pukalani79
by Kristin on May. 2, 2012 at 11:16 PM

 When I was in college, my roomate was a junior and had just turned 16.  She was great. She didnt' feel like she had missed out on anything important and was happy where she was. The only major problem was that her maturity level was that of a 16 year old.  Academically she was brilliant, but she really really struggled socially.

When I read of kids graduating so young I always think about her. But like it has already been mentioned, who are we to judge?

snowangel1979
by Member on May. 2, 2012 at 11:41 PM
IDK good for her.
IDK if I would let my children go off to college full time at such a young age maybe a few classes.
Now a days though they can take online classes for a lot of the things so it wouldn't be that bad.
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