A 12-year-old boy who graduated from high school and college in the same week has opened up about taking extra classes during the coronavirus pandemic and running not one, but two tech companies — and insists he’s having the time of his life .
Mike Wimmer, of Salisbury, North Carolina, graduated from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College on May 21 with a 4.0 GPA, seven days before graduating from Concord Academy High School on May 28 with a 5.4 GPA.
‘I’m super excited. I graduated from college before high school, which is kind of ironic,” he told Today’s Morgan Radford during a… segment that aired on Monday’s show.
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Whiz kid: Mike Wimmer, 12, of Salisbury, North Carolina, opened up about graduating from high school and college in the same week on Monday’s Today show
Top of his class: Wimmer, pictured with his parents, graduated as valedictorian of Concord Academy High School on May 28
Wimmer explained that before his 13th birthday, he could graduate from both high school and college, as he could face an even heavier course load during the pandemic.
“I didn’t have to commute to school, so that actually gave me a lot more time to catch up on extra classes,” he said.
“It was like, well, we’re sitting here doing nothing, right? So you might as well take a few extra classes and throw out some stuff,” he added.
Wimmer was already ahead of other kids his age when he entered high school, as most of his contemporaries were just starting high school.
He then enrolled in several dual-enrollment classes, which earned him credit at both his high school and the local community school.
What do you say? Seven days earlier, Wimmer graduated from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College on May 21 with a 4.0 GPA
Options: The whiz kid decides what to do next, he chooses from two colleges, several job openings and a scholarship to work on his startup
He soon realized that if he took a few more of those dual enrollment classes, he could earn his two-year associate’s degree at the same time as his high school diploma.
And while he’s considerably younger than his high school classmates, Wimmer was nominated for Homecoming Court last year, showing that he also had a social life.
The preteen completed his high school requirements in December and then spent the spring semester working on his community college requirements.
While it would be an incredible achievement for most, he said he was always academically advanced for his age. Wimmer got his first iPad when he was 18 months old and started computer programming at the age of five.
Little One: Wimmer started teaching himself computer programming at the age of five
Keeping busy: After progressing through school at a “faster pace,” he entered high school as a pre-teen and took dual-enrollment classes for an associate’s degree
Already an entrepreneur: When Wimmer was only seven years old, he started his first technology company, Next Era Innovations, which provides robotic applications for the NAO robot
“I actually went to a little summer camp when I was really young, and my mom came to pick me up the first day, and they said, ‘Do you know he can write his full name and do multiplication facts?'” he recalled. “And she says, ‘Um, yeah, isn’t that normal?'”
When Wimmer was only seven years old, he started his first technology company, Next Era Innovations, which provides robotic applications for the NAO robot.
His second startup, Reflect Social, “combines popular social media platforms with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, creating a new dynamic social experience,” according to the website.
“So ‘legally’ my parents run them,” but Next Era Innovations and Reflect Social are my two companies,” he said.
While learning was always easy for Wimmer, he admitted that he sometimes struggled to find teachers who took him seriously.
Keeping busy: His second startup, Reflect Social, ‘combines popular social media platforms with Internet of Things (IoT) devices’
Downside: While learning has always been easy for Wimmer, he admitted he sometimes struggled to find teachers who took him seriously because of his age
Happy: “I have the time of my life doing everything whether that’s school and my business and also being a kid,” Wimmer said
“There’s a lot of people, once they see my age, they’re like, ‘Oh, well, you can’t do this curriculum,’ or, ‘It’s just too strict for you,’ things like that,” he explained. . “So really, just gaining credibility and finding educators who wanted to advance my skills was the hardest part.”
Some critics think Wimmer gave up his childhood to get an education, but he insisted that was not the case.
“You know, if you look around my room, you’ll see Hot Wheels cars lining the wall, tracks on the floor, and Legos everywhere,” he said.
“I have the time of my life doing everything from school to my business and I’m still a kid.”
In addition to several job opportunities, he is considering continuing his education at two colleges in North Carolina or taking a scholarship to work on his startup.
“I have a lot of roads I could take, and while it’s a tough decision, it’s exciting to complete this milestone in my journey,” he said recently. Southern living.