A 12-year-old North Carolina boy is proving hard work pays off as he prepares to mark two major life accomplishments in one week — both of which show he’s years ahead of the game.
Mike Wimmer, of Salisbury, is set to graduate from Concord Academy High School on May 28 and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College on May 21, NBC affiliate WCNC reported.
Despite being only 12 years old, Mike has completed four years of schooling — two years of high school and a two-year associate’s degree — in just one year, according to CNN.
What’s more, Mike has a 5.45 GPA at Concord, where he’s the valedictorian, and a 4.0 GPA at Rowan-Cabarrus, CNN reported.
“A lot of people think I’ve given up my childhood or somehow lost it,” Mike told CNN. “And I say to them that I’m having the time of my life.”
Mike told WCNC his interest in technology began when he was just an infant.
“I was really always drawn to it,” Mike explained to the local outlet. “At 18 months old with my first iPad, I started to wonder, ‘Well, how does it work?'”
At age 5, Mike said he “jump-started everything” by nurturing a serious interest in computer programming.
“I’ve grown from there to now learning about a dozen languages,” he told WCNC. “Everything that I know is self-taught. So trial and error and online videos and everything.”
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Joelle Goldstein