A 14-year-old girl from Griswold is about to graduate from college.
Aurora Dziadul has earned an associate’s degree in liberal arts and sciences from Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson. She told NBC Connecticut that it’s only the beginning.
“I should graduate with my bachelor’s degree by 16 before I can even drive. Then want to get a law degree and a PhD in psychology,” she said.
Dziadul said despite her accomplishments, she is just a regular teenage girl.
“I’m pretty much a normal 14-year-old. I like to go shopping,” she told NBC Connecticut.
Although she said she’d never thought of herself as different, Dziadul has been advanced since as early as first grade.
“I learned to read pretty early I was reading novels at that point,” she said.
She attended public school for a few years, then started homeschool.
“When I was in middle school, I was in fifth grade and after a couple months they wanted to skip me up to sixth grade. So when I went up to there, after couple months they wanted to start skipping me up more,” she said.
She enrolled in Quinebaug at age 11, and advisors said she excelled.
“She has a 3.98 GPA. She’s had an A in every single subject except for ceramics she had an A-,” said Sarah Henderick, who works admissions at Quinebaug.
Dziadul is now the commencement speaker and the theme of her speech is something she said is near and dear to her.
“Acceptance. That’s been really important to me while I’ve been here at the college being younger you know it’s kind of difficult to fit in with the older students but they’ve all been very accepting of me,” she said.