Like most 18-year-olds around this time, Brittany Reaves is celebrating her graduation — but not from high school.
Reaves, 18, was among the more than 1,200 students who graduated from Fayetteville State University in North Carolina on Saturday, earning her bachelor’s degree in history, Spectrum News reported. So what’s next for the accomplished young scholar?
“Now I get to go to law school, which is a career field that I’m interested in, what I want to do,” Reaves said.
Four years of hard work and an early college credit program at her high school, Cumberland International Early College High School, allowed the teen to earn 85 credits. Reaves completed the remainder of her credits in just a year after enrolling at Fayetteville State in 2018.
Now, she’s set to start law school this fall at North Carolina Central in Durham.
“Brittany has been a learner from day one,” her mother told Durham’s WTVD, calling her daughter “gifted.”
Reaves’ early academic success came as no surprise to her family, who said Brittany started reading when she was just 3 and mastered Mandarin Chinese when she was in high school. She’s also musically inclined.
In an Instagram post, the aspiring lawyer celebrated her latest accomplishment and thanked Fayetteville State for providing her a great opportunity that has “changed my life completely.”
“I was admitted into CIECHS for high school and earned 85 college credits,” she explained. “FSU then awarded me the Debt Free Scholarship for my last year of college. “Thanks to FSU staff and students, I’ll be graduating on Saturday with my Bachelors in History at the age of 18!!! I will then be attending NCCU Law this Fall. I am so excited to start this new journey with FSU forever in my heart 💙💙”
At law school, Reaves said she hopes to study civil litigation, as it’s what interests her the most.
“Going into civil litigation right now just because it’s a field that deals with education and consumer protection,” she told WTVD. “Landlord-tenant-those types of cases deal with people and laws have a lot to do with people.”
“I’m like super, super excited,” Reaves added.
Watch more in the video below.