This 23-Year-Old Doctoral Graduate Has Already Obliterated Our New Year's Goals
"It's hard to believe she was kept back in kindergarten that one year."
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Julia's mother, Nadine Nepper remembers a time early-on when administrators questioned her daughter's aptitude. "It's hard to believe she was kept back in kindergarten that one year," she recalls. “It was suggested if we wanted her to excel, we’d have to pull her out and homeschool her.” And, that's exactly what Nadine and her ex-husband did. “We didn’t think she was being challenged enough,” she said. Four years of homeschooling provided the foundation that would catapult Julia to extreme academic excellence. "I'm so proud of her," Nadine said. "All that hard work has paid off."
After being in school for the entirety of her life, Julia is looking forward to the next phase of her life. “I’ve been in college most of my life and I haven’t really been in the real world,” she said. She is flirting with the idea of finding a job abroad, perhaps in Japan. “It’s exciting but actually scary to go out and get a job.” Whichever path she pursues, there is no doubt that she will be successful.
We see you, sis! Respect the hustle, but if anyone deserves a gap year it's you.