North Carolina Woman Who Began College at 12 Receives Doctorate at 23

By Duchess Magazine

Julia Nepper was just 12 years old when she began attending community college in Wilmington, N.C.

Nepper went on to receive her bachelor’s degree at 16 and, most recently, her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at 23.

“I’m so proud of her,” her mother, Nadine Nepper, said, according to WECT-6. “All that hard work has paid off. It’s hard to believe she was kept back in kindergarten that one year.”

Julia Nepper at 12, when she first started college (WECT-6 screenshot)

“Most of the people I’ve met in my life could have done what I did if they had the right support,” Julia Nepper said. “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.”

The outlet reports that Julia wants to leave the U.S. and work in Japan.

“I’ve been in college most of my life and I haven’t really been in the real world,” Nepper said. “It’s exciting but actually scary to go out and get a job.”

We’re betting she’ll be just fine.

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