At age 17, grad speaks to success in college

There’s more than a few reasons why Timothy Burns deserves the honor of speaking at Alfred State College’s graduation Sunday.

He earned two associate’s degrees, in computer science and in a joint math-science program, in three years. He maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average, earned a black belt in karate and played violin in the orchestra at nearby Alfred University.

But it’s his age that really makes Burns stand out.

He’s 17 years old, several years younger than his peers. He was only 14 when he started college, and he looked younger.

‘I got a lot of people all the time calling me ‘Doogie Howser,’ ‘ Burns said, referring to the 1980s television show about a precocious teenage doctor.

Burns, who goes by T.J., was home-schooled by his parents. Read more…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *