18-Year-Old Graduates Howard University Magna Cum Laude, Now She's Aiming For Her Ph.D.

Howard University graduate Nkechinyere Chidi-Ogbolu​

Minority students beating the odds and mastering their education is something always worth talking about, especially when those kids are way ahead of their peers. Among Howard University's graduating class of 2017 is Nkechinyere Chidi-Ogbolu, a student from Nigeria who is only 18-years-old.

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 Chidi-Ogbolu attended primary school in Nigeria and did well enough to skip a couple grades. After graduating early, she was accepted and enrolled at Howard University at age 14. Here we are four years later, and Chidi-Ogbolu has not only graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the HBCU, but she is not done. As The Hilltop reports, Chidi-Ogbolu's next step is to get her Ph.D.

Strangers around the country are making a big deal about Chidi-Ogbolu's age and accomplishments, but she doesn't fully understand why. "Typically students graduate high school in Nigeria at age 16," she said, pointing out that she was only two years ahead of the norm. She added that it was the response from everyone else that made her feel "emotional."

Chidi-Ogbolu will be attending the University of California–Davis in the fall, a place she is already familiar with thanks to a recent internship. The plan is to study biomedical engineering so that she can pursue a career in medical research and hopefully help end rid the world and her home country of diseases like Ebola.

Other graduates that are killing it and making headlines this year include Carson Huey-You who just graduated from college at 14, 23-year-old Melanie Sanchez who got a job offer on the phone in the middle of her college graduation, and Darlene Mullins, who (on the other end of the spectrum) finally got her degree at age 72. It just goes to show you that when it comes to education, age really ain't nothing but a number.

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