North Carolina student who began college at 12 receives Ph.D. at 23


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 . . .

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