Julia Nepper is just 23 years old, but she already has her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Her mother, Nadine Nepper, knew early on that Julia was gifted. “We didn’t think she was being challenged enough,” Nadine recalled in talking with local station WECT. “It was suggested if we wanted her to excel, we’d have to pull her out and homeschool her.” So, for four years, Nadine and her ex-husband home schooled their daughter.


And by the time Julia was 12 years old, she was ready for college. She entered Cape Fear Community College and got her associate’s degree at age 14. Then, she got her bachelor’s degree from UNCW at 16 and now her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at 23. “I’m so proud of her,” Nadine said. “All that hard work has paid off. It’s hard to believe she was kept back in kindergarten that one year.”

“Most of the people I’ve met, in my life, could have done what I did if they had the right support,” Julia said

“I don’t fault my parents, pushing me, with regards to my education. Clearly, I could handle it and it worked. So they must have done something right.” For the first time in over half her lifetime, Julia is facing a period of her life when she doesn’t have any homework. “I’ve been in college most of my life and I haven’t really been in the real world,” Julia said. “It’s exciting but actually scary to go out and get a job.”

While her mother would love for her to come back home, Julia has other plans. In fact, she’s even thinking about trying to get a job in Japan. She’s been ambitious her whole life, and she isn’t about to stop now, after all. Congratulations on your graduation, Julia!

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Jordan Nixon hasn’t decided on where she’ll go to college yet, but she already has quite a few options to choose from.

The Douglas County High School senior was accepted into 39 colleges and universities, plus received over $1.6 million in scholarship offers, reports FOX 5. Receiving her first acceptance from Grambling State University, the honor student is a member of the Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy and is the co-captain of her school’s cheerleading team. 

After a school trip to Greece and Italy, Nixon, who is also involved in a club for young business leaders, was even more inspired to pursue a major in international business. While she applied to over 50 schools, here are the colleges and universities that she’s been accepted to so far: 

1. Alabama State University
2. Berry College
3. Central State University
4. Clark University – Massachusetts
5. Coppin State University
6. Edward Waters College
7. Emmanuel College – Massachusetts
8. Florida International University
9. Florida Southern College
10. Georgetown College – Kentucky
11. Georgia State University
12. Grambling State University
13. Hampton University
14. Harris-Stowe State University
15. High Point University
16. Howard University
17. Johnson & Wales University – Rhode Island
18. LeMoyne-Owen College
19. Lincoln University – Missouri
20. Livingstone College
21. Loyola University – New Orleans
22. Mississippi Valley State University
23. Nova Southeastern University
24. Oglethorpe University
25. Queens University of Charlotte
26. Rollins College
27. Simmons University
28. St. Edwards University – Texas
29. Stetson University
30. Tuskegee University
31. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
32. University of Maryland Eastern Shore
33. University of Tampa
34. University of Virgin Islands
35. Valparaiso University
36. Virginia Union University
37. West Virginia State University
38. Wofford College
39. Xavier University – Ohio

“I wanted to challenge myself,” said Nixon. “That was the most important thing for me, just to show others anything is possible and that anyone can accomplish it, too.” 

Congratulations, Jordan! No matter what college you choose attend, we know your excellence will continue to shine.