17-year-old graduates from University of Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Salenah Cartier was 2-years-old when she started reading.

At age three, she could do complex math.

Cartier was tested at age seven, and was an eighth grader academically.

So when she turned 14, she started college.

This weekend, Cartier earned her degree in psychology and business.

"No one knew how old I was," Cartier said. "Actually, no one knew. So I was able to blend in. I made quite a few friends. I believe my college experience was pretty normal actually."

Cartier credits her mother for her support and letting her follow her own academic journey, which now includes a masters program that starts in January.

She is hoping to start her pursuit of a PhD in the fall.



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