This could be part of a movie script, dreamed up by some crafty writers in a studio lot bungalow.
But it’s real-life for 14-year-old Adam Brown.
Since turning 8, Adam Brown has been going to school like kids his age generally do. But he’s also been taking college courses at Los Angeles Mission College, where he just graduated.
“My past experiences have definitely prepared me to attend a university. At the beginning, college was a little scary, especially when I was 8 and working with students who were triple my age,” said Adam Brown.
Over time, he’s gotten used to the idea of being a typical kid. Then also hangin’ with college students. It’s become normal for Adam Brown.
“Once I got used to working with people who were older it became a fun experience because they became familiar with me too and we could have great discussions.”
Working hard is in his blood. His dad is Christopher Brown, an independent movie executive. His mom is president of InterCoast Colleges. Both parents know that it takes hard work to make it and place a premium on education.
Christopher and Geeta Brown spent nearly three decades building InterCoast Colleges together. Today it is a private career college with 10 locations serving students in several states and designed to provide associate degrees and diploma level career programs.
Adam Brown took another path and just became the youngest graduate ever from Los Angeles Mission College and has amassed enough credits to not only enter UCLA, but to do so as Junior honor student.
“Words can’t express how proud we are of Adam. Only 20 percent of all students that attend a junior college and transfer, get a chance to go to UCLA”, said Christopher Brown. “He increased his chance as an honor student. We knew his grades are great but we still didn’t know what to expect.”
While Adam’s age makes for a great story, it did add a few obstacles to the application process.
“He faced a few hurdles when applying because it was difficult to explain that he completed high school and middle school the same year and attended elementary school and college at the same time,” said Christopher Brown. “He had to work through that in the application process.”
Even though he will be entering his junior year of college, Adam and his parents both agree that it’s vital that Adam be around people his own age. That is why he’ll continue to go to high school, even as he attends UCLA.
Adam says his academic career is just beginning. After a B.A. from UCLA and majoring in history, he intends to apply to law school. He is thinking about applying to Harvard or Yale, but is leaving his options open. “I may be a Bruin all the way to the end”, said Adam.
As far as the next two years at the university level, he says he’s extremely eager to start.
“It’s not community college anymore and I’ll be taking upper division courses. I really love the campus atmosphere at UCLA,” said Adam Brown. “It’s known as one of the most elite schools in the nation. I’m proud to be a Bruin and looking forward to the challenge. I am excited about taking classes that are focused on my major.”
SOURCE: InterCoast College
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