TCU’s Youngest Graduate

TCU’s Youngest Graduate

October 10, 2019 18 By Stanley Isaacs


– I don’t think there was
ever a time where I was, just, struck suddenly that he was gifted because I was a stay-at-home
mom and I homeschooled him early on, and he just caught
on to everything very quickly. I think that when it truly hit me may be when he was around three
years old, and he said to me, I really want to learn calculus. And so, I got him a little calculus book and he could work some of the very first questions in the book. And then I thought, okay, yeah, you’re really smart! (laughs) (upbeat music) – The first day of class I was very nervous about, kind
of, what I was walking into, going from a small private school, and then to this big campus, but, after the first day of
class, and once I, sort of, got used to the overall TCU
feel I was very comfortable. – I was more nervous
leaving him in the 8th grade at age five than I was
leaving him at TCU on campus even though he was 11 in a
classroom with 18-year-olds, and so forth, but I felt that he was safe. And I sat right outside the
classroom door the whole time. So it wasn’t like I was
scared, or uncomfortable. I was very proud and happy that I had found a great
place where he could continue his education, actually,
and I felt truly blessed that TCU came through for us. – It’s not like it was
meant to be, but, somehow, it feels like it was meant
to be that he would come here and that, I think I, starting with myself, I think I was in a good place to be able to take care
of things around him, to make things work,
and mentor him, as well. But I think, overall, it’s the way TCU is as an institution. I think it would be,
had been less successful at a different institution
that doesn’t have the TCU, sort of, feel. So there’s a lot of reasons
why it was successful. And I think it’s very
hard not to love Carson and the person that he is. And he’s not some abrasive kid that’s, thinks he’s
smarter than everyone else, but, actually, he is smarter
than everyone else! (laughs) (upbeat music) – I always say this is
our Ivy League, and so, this is where they can
continue to learn and grow physically, spiritually, emotionally, in every aspect of which
a child needs to grow. They don’t feel like, oh,
I’m in a school with a bunch of grownups and everything,
they feel more like, hey, this is my family, this is my team, these are the people that
really care about me. – He’ll never be as anyone
else, because of his age, and so, that will always be a factor. But we’re trying to eliminate
that as much as possible and treat them as adults,
when that’s appropriate, but then as kids, when that’s appropriate. And because he needs to,
kind of, be able to go between those two worlds,
still, in order to make it through wherever he’s going in the future. He’s 14, four of those
years he’s spent here. That’s pretty amazing. – TCU, you know, it’s where I’ve grown up. It’s… It’s where… I feel very comfortable
here, and it’s home.