A 17-year-old girl named Taylor Mason has bagged a Fine-Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, United States, setting a record as the institution’s youngest graduate.
Taylor is a teen from Watersford who bagged a Fine-Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, United States. Her passion for guitar led her to enroll at the university’s Peck School of the Arts for a degree after seventh grade.
She mentioned that she is proud of her achievement and so is her family, especially her father who drove her 45 minutes every day from their house to the school.
“It’s a positive thing. “She really enjoys guitar, and we just helped her out like we helped our other kids. Our oldest daughter showed cattle all over the country. It’s a lot easier to carry a guitar,” she said.
Taylor got interested in university life when she started playing guitar on the streets around the Capitol in Madison, under the supervision of her parents or older brother whenever they visited her older sister at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Not long after she started playing with college students in Madison, and was invited to play at the school’s Union Terrace on Saturday nights. It was during one of the nights she impressed a professor who suggested she take music classes at the university.
She initially started taking Thursday night classes in the fall semester of seventh grade and by midyear, she added nine more college credits, while continuing her high school curriculum through homeschooling.
Through homeschooling, Taylor met all of the requirements to complete the equivalent of a traditional high school curriculum while also taking classes at the university. She also took the ACT college entrance exam and applied for admission as a degree-seeking student.
Taylor has now been accepted into the University of Wiscoinsin-Milwaukee two-year master’s program in fingerstyle guitar performance adding that she will begin teaching at the university as a teaching assistant.