- A 13-year-old boy earned four associate degrees from Fullerton College
- His mother shared she noticed her son was academically advanced when he was four years old
- Fullerton College’s president said he can attest to the boy’s ‘off-the-charts’ intellect
What were you up to when you were 13 years old?
Jack Rico, a 13-year-old boy from California, already earned four associate degrees and will be starting undergrad work soon.
In an interview with Good Morning America, his mom, Ru Andrade, narrated that she first noticed her son was “advanced” when he requested to visit the White House in celebration of his fourth birthday.
“He was dead serious so I said, ‘That is a big trip. If you want to go, you’re going to have to learn all the presidents,'” the mom recounted.
Although she was just joking, Jack was serious and said, “Mom, I have a confession. I already knew all the presidents, so I learned the vice presidents. Does that count?”
Jack was home schooled and at 11 years old, Andrade said “there was nothing more I could teach him. He had pretty much blown through all the standards.” She inquired at Fullerton College, which offers bridge program. Jack took the exam and aced it.
Jack has already earned degrees in history, art and human expression, social behavior, and social science at the college.
“He does work really hard, but what we’re most proud of is his heart,” Andrade said. “He’s an amazing human. His sister has autism and he’s been the best brother ever.”
The college’s president said he can attest to the strong work ethic and “off-the-charts” intellect of the teen.
“He’s also funny and caring, and I’m so proud that Fullerton College has been a launch pad for him,” Greg Schulz told Good Morning America.
On Instagram, Andrade shared a message to Jack: “I want you to know that I am so proud of everything you are and everything you have accomplished. Learning with you has been one the greatest adventures of my life.”
Wow! What a boy!