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Virginia teen earns master’s degree weeks before my graduation from high school

A Virginia whiz kid received her master’s degree on Saturday she is set to graduate at the high school.

Stephanie Mui, 17, Fairfax, Va., obtained a master’s degree in mathematics from George Mason University on Saturday and, according to the school, was the youngest among more than 8,700 graduates in the spring commencement.

“As a student, she is sharp, very sharp. She makes an impression on everyone,” says Sean Lawton, an associate professor at George Mason who taught Mui. “As a man, she is mature, gentle, attentive and careful. She works hard and never gives up.”

Next month, Mui diploma from Oakton High School in Fairfax County. In the fall, the teen plans to attend New York University as a phd student where she received a full research fellowship.

Mui, whose parents are engineers, said that mathematics comes naturally to her. Mui said that she was debating geometry to prove with her father, while she was in the first grade, according to George Mason University.

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In the fourth grade, she went to the College Board, the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) for analysis, which “refers to skills that are usually taught in one semester of the training,” according to the College Board on the web site.

Mui began with college classes after the fifth grade. She began at the Northern Virginia Community College, where she earned her first year at the age of 13.

After the community college, Mui enrolled at George Mason, which touts itself as Virginia’s largest public research university. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the university last year.

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Mui was afraid that the students at George Mason would treat her differently because of her age.

“I have not tried to hide it,” Mui told Fox 5, ” I just never set. But if people ask, I tell them.”

She said she has no regrets.

“I’m really glad I did it,” Mui said of her educational journey. “I love a challenge.”

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