Kayla Heard went to college in her bedroom or, as she calls it, the “Nerd Cave.”The 16-year-old lives with her mother and brother on the banks of the Hood Canal in Union, Wash. Next month, she will become the youngest person ever to graduate from Washington State University. She pursued her degree online.

“My parents felt it wouldn’t be good to send me to a campus at such a young age,” she told KING-TV. “I appreciate their decision, mainly because online studying has given me quite a bit of flexibility in my schedule.”

So positive was Kayla’s undergraduate online experience, she hopes to attend law school online and to that end will spend her summer filling out applications.

Kayla has worked academically ahead of the curve her whole life. She read at 1, started first grade at 3, wrote in cursive at 4 and graduated from high school at 10.

The homeschooler, who will pursue international law, hopes to work abroad one day.
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