Ryland Dickman could solely be 17 years outdated, however he’s already achieved what some mentioned was unimaginable.
“It feels really amazing. It’s like everything I worked for in the past two or three years, it has finally happened and I reached a goal that I wanted to reach, so that feels really great,” Ryland advised Fox News.
In May, Ryland graduated from Liberty University with a bachelor’s in enterprise administration, which he earned via the school’s on-line diploma program, in keeping with an announcement from the college. Ryland is the college’s youngest graduate to earn a bachelor’s diploma at Liberty, the announcement reads.
About two weeks after he earned his bachelor’s, Ryland graduated high school from The Covenant School in Charlottesville.
It wasn’t straightforward for Ryland to achieve each graduations.
“There were so many points in the journey where I thought I wouldn’t be able to make it happen,” Ryland mentioned. “Because there were a lot of bureaucratic things that held me back at first.”
He added that some admissions officers even advised him, “No, you can’t do that. It’s impossible to graduate from college without a high school diploma.”
However, he had simply what he wanted to get into Liberty – his affiliate’s diploma from Northern Virginia Community College. It allowed him to switch to Liberty while not having a high school diploma.
He earned that diploma throughout his sophomore 12 months of high school, within the fall semester of 2019, despite the fact that it was “kind of a hassle because they usually don’t let 10th graders in” for twin enrollment, Ryland mentioned.
So in January of 2020, Ryland began taking on-line courses at Liberty, whereas persevering with his high school schooling.
Ryland’s mother, Latricia Dickman, advised Fox that although she was shocked her son was capable of get into college before he graduated high school, she wasn’t shocked by his achievements.
“He is very determined and goal-driven,” Dickman mentioned. “I think he was in fifth grade when he decided he wanted to learn to speak German. So it started from there.”
Dickman advised Fox that Ryland taught himself German with out having ever taken a category. According to Liberty’s announcement of his commencement, Ryland has additionally discovered no less than seven different languages and is fluent in each German and Italian.
In addition to teachers, Ryland participated in his school’s musicals and was the president of his high school’s Judicial Council.
“I felt really involved this year, even though I was balancing college and high school,” Ryland mentioned.
Though it was “really difficult” to stability all the things, Ryland mentioned that the coronavirus-related lockdowns helped him put his head down and full each college and high school on-line.
“I obviously had more time to dedicate to it,” Ryland mentioned. “And as a result, I was taking — so the spring of 2020 and the summer of 2020, I was taking more than full-time at Liberty.”
Ryland is now making use of to regulation colleges in Europe. He’s hoping Italy or Germany, the place he plans to check to change into a world enterprise lawyer.
His mother, in the meantime, is pleased with her son and his accomplishments.
“I just feel strongly that God blessed him with this affinity to learn languages and that he’s meant to do something other than be here living in Charlottesville, Virginia,” Latricia mentioned. “…there are big plans out there, big things for him to do in the world.”