A Kansas high school sophomore says he’s on track to graduate from Harvard’s extension school a week before he gets his high school diploma.
Braxton Moral, 14, is enrolled in Harvard Extension School and taking online Liberal Arts courses towards a bachelor’s degree, including introduction to American Law and an Egyptology course.
If all goes as planned, he’ll graduate from the Ivy League extension school before his high school career wraps up in 2019.
The Harvard Extension School, the continuing education school from the well-known Harvard University, offers single courses or degree programs for different types of students.
Julie Moral, the boy’s mother, told NBC affiliate station KSN that Braxton became unmotivated and bored at school when he was nine years old.
“He got very depressed. He basically had what most of us have when we’re 40. ‘Why am I here, what’s my purpose in life? Is God real?’” she said.
His parents tried to enroll him in the local community college but he didn’t meet the age requirements. That’s when the Morals looked into Harvard Extension School, which has an open enrollment policy.
“You know, everyone wants their niche, and so I figured Harvard would be a stepping stone. Hopefully not a stumbling block,” said Braxton.
Braxton is now enjoying school and is motivated to achieve long-term goals.
“I know every kid wants to say they want to be the president, but I think it’d be cool to be any position of power in politics, just to say you’ve been it. You know, make a difference.”