Freshman Christian Gahr slept in on his first day of senior year and woke to the tweets of his fellow peers complaining about their classes. Luckily he didn’t have to go to school because he had already been admitted to college.
After three years of high school education, California native Gahr was ready to move on and jump-start his college career at 16-years-old.
“I’d just rather go straight to college instead of staying in high school because I knew I was going to be taking five or six AP classes anyway,” Gahr, a biology major, said.
In the fall, he approached his high school counselor about applying to college first semester of his junior year. His counselor had known one other case of a girl who had graduated from high school in three years and moved on to college. With that in mind, Gahr applied to Virginia Tech.
Gahr joined other students across the nation who are applying to college early.
“We’re seeing students finish earlier than in the past. I think because now-a-days we’re seeing students that are taking a lot of dual enrollment credit, AP and IB credit, some of them just really want to get out of high school and start their academic work at a college. It’s a small population,” said Mildred Johnson, director of Undergraduate Admissions.
Gahr became part of that small population in the spring when he received his acceptance letter.
“I was kind of like ‘I’m a junior. I’m probably not as competitive as someone who went through their senior year who have more on their transcript.’ When I got it I was like ‘oh cool now I have the option of not going through senior year’,” Gahr said.
Gahr had already fulfilled Tech’s requirements to apply through his completion of 18 units of high school course work, which included AP classes.
However, it was not an easy decision. For about a week, Gahr considered his options and came to the conclusion that staying would be moving backwards.
While his dad encouraged him to take the opportunity, his mom was a bit more hesitant. She just wanted to attend her son’s graduation ceremony at the end of his senior year.