Nehemiah Juniel is not your average teen.
Click2Houston reports the 15-year-old will receive his bachelor’s degree in health science and will become the youngest graduate at Sam Houston State University (SMSU) in August 2022.
“Words can’t express how proud we are of him,” his father — Raphael Junie — said, according to the outlet.
Nehemiah Was Homeschooled By His Parents
Nehemiah showed promise early on and was always eager to dive into the latest discovery. He learned how to play the piano and then pre-algebra by the time he was five-years-old.
What’s more, he later went on to receive an associate of arts degree when he was 13-years-old.
“Nehemiah was reading and writing at two. So, we always knew this kid was special,” his mother, Corie Juniel, told Click2Houston.
Nehemiah was homeschooled alongside his sister by his parents and they taught him various concepts.
They placed no pressure on their son. However, he was a quick learner.
Outside of academic studies, they instilled in their seven children that attitude was most important and taught them to never give up.
“‘Can’t,’ was like a curse word in our house,” Raphael said, according to Click2Houston. “That came from my grandfather.”
Nehemiah Plans To Become A Cardiologist
Nehemiah’s academic success has come with challenges. He credits professors and teaching assistants for keeping him encouraged while attending SMSU. As Juniel looks ahead, he hopes to become a cardiologist, and he plans to begin studying for the MCAT.
“Around the age of 8 years old, I decided I wanted to become a surgeon of some sort,” Nehemiah said, according to Click2Houston. “As I grew, I continued to change and specify what kind of career I wanted to pursue. This culminated in my decision to study cardiology.”