A 12-year-old girl named Fiona Currie has graduated from Los Angeles (LA) City College with a 4.0 GPA. She made history as the youngest to ever graduate from the College.
Fiona Currie began a dual-immersion program that allowed her to take college classes online while also attending grade school at the age of 9.
“It began at the start of the pandemic, because the schools were closing and they were turning to online learning, and we found that the school district was not really able to provide online learning,” Roderick Currie, Fiona’s father said.
It was then her parents decided to homeschool her. “Around that same time we found out that elementary students can also take college classes,” Mr Currie added.
Fiona’s parents did not expect her to graduate from college.
“We never thought that she was going to graduate. We only wanted her to be busy with something, because she had a lot of free time,” said mother Blanca.
But Fiona took her studies seriously and three years after, she received an Associate Degree in Studio Arts from the Los Angeles City college. She is excited to earn the degree as it suits her dream of working in an animation company.
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“My favorite class was digital art and I just loved it so much because I could get to experiment with using tools like Photoshop to create different digital artworks,” Fiona said. The only reason I really like college is because it gives me something to work on, and it also gives me so many opportunities to expand my artistic abilities,” she added.
She made it to the dean’s list because she graduated with a 4.00 Grade Point Average and also is the youngest student to ever graduate from the LA city college.
“I was so shocked when they gave me a standing ovation for being the youngest student to ever graduate in the history of L A City college,” she said.
Fiona says she does not just study, she also engage in fun activities like other children of her age too. But one thing she does not do is spend hours on social media.
“So many people might feel like doing this is crazy and impossible. If you put your mind into something, it’s never impossible,” she said.
The LA City College said in a statement that they are proud of her achievement at that age, and are excited that she is returning to LACC to pursue another degree. Fiona plans to continue her studies at a college level while doing things a 12-year-old loves doing. But she is also determined to chase her dreams.
“No goal is too big, not too small, as long as it’s your goal and you work towards it, and if you believe that you can do it, you can do it,” she said.