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Teenager wraps up degree in one year


For most undergraduates, commencement caps off four years of reading and exams. In fact, many take more than four years to finish their degrees.

David Langva, on the other hand, spent just one year at Binghamton before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology.

The Poughkeepsie resident, who turns 19 in January, came to campus for the spring 2007 semester with 72 credits behind him. He left high school early and finished many of his requirements at the local community college. Oh, and he took 11 Advanced Placement courses, too.

Langva, winner of the Lois B. DeFleur Scholarship for Excellence in Leadership, said a story on television about a kid who graduated in one year initially inspired him to get his degree in a hurry.

“I liked the idea,” he said, “and I realized I could actually graduate at the time when I was supposed to be a freshman. I felt I was ready to move out into the world.”

Langva took 16 credits in the spring, 16 in the summer, four through a distance-learning program and another 20 this fall.

 He said he tried to get the most out of his college experience in the short time he had. “The things I really enjoy, I could pursue,” he said. “I liked the freedom I had here.”

Langva’s planning to work or do an internship in the spring and hopes to return to the classroom next fall for an MBA.

 

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Last Updated: 10/14/08