While some high school students struggle to get their diploma, a 17-year-old from New Jersey is earning his college degree before he even graduates from high school. Kwinton Adams will earn his associates degree from Warren Community College this weekend and he doesn’t get his high school diploma until June 13.
Adams worked hard to skip the usual academic order, pulling six-hour study sessions every day to complete assignments from both high school and college classes. He earned six Advanced Placement credits toward his college degree and did online courses to finish his fast track and now all efforts are paying off.
Luckily, Adams says he likes studying, but he also credits his mom for motivating him to tackle both at once. “You have to try twice as hard and you should not be afraid to take the next step,” he says. And he has this advice for other teens, “Don’t doubt yourself.”