MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Right about the time most kids are wrapping up their sophomore year, Yazan Musleh, 16, is celebrating his high school graduation.
Musleh will receive his diploma from Riverdale High School two years ahead of schedule.
Wednesday night, he’ll walk the line during the school’s graduation ceremony at Middle Tennessee State University.
The teen moved from Jordan to Rutherford County in 2013. When he started high school, he says he had one goal in mind: to finish early.
“My dad introduced graduating early to me and I got interested in it, and thought it would be a great idea to just start my career at an early age,” Musleh told News 2.
He was able to accomplish his goal by taking online classes during summer breaks and attending night school a few days a week.
“I had to stay at school 12 hours straight, four days a week. While everybody is at home. I had to stay at school and study,” explained Musleh.
While it was hard work, he says he never second guessed his decision. He’s also thankful for the choice he made, despite what some of his peers say.
“They told me I’m going to regret it and I’m going to miss out on the experience. I didn’t. I did everything the seniors did and it was a fun year,” said Musleh.
Musleh will begin college in the fall.
He plans to take classes at MTSU for a year or two and will likely transfer to another university after that.
He added he wants to be a general surgeon.
“When I was a kid, I just wanted to be a doctor and now I’ve found an interest in being a surgeon,” he told News 2.
To achieve that goal, he’ll need years of schooling. He’s planning to finish early, again.
Musleh said he is the first person from Riverdale High School to ever graduate in just two years.