UVa Student Graduates in One Year

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

September 20, 2006

College is getting more expensive each year, but one University of Virginia student has found a way around paying most of those costs. One student had a remarkably fast journey through college.

"I definitely feel like I'm very normal. I am not the sort of genius who, I'm not a genius," said Banh

Eighteen-year-old David Banh looks like any normal kid walking briskly in a rush to get to class. However, this self-described normal kid took Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, and Physics all before he entered college.

"I am above average in all of those areas, slightly higher than that in Math, but not genius in any area," he said.

To get a degree in one year, Banh had to get started early. He took nearly two years worth of college credits before even graduating high school. He then went on to take 37 credits in one semester last year.

"Maybe I struggle a little less than a lot of other people but I still have to struggle with it and I still have to grapple with it. It doesn't just come naturally to me," he said.

What does come naturally to Banh is his love of knowledge and his friends. He was Vice-President of his dorm and his friends say he's just one of the guys.

"He is just a good classmate. He is a smart guy but he is just my classmate," said Benjamin Dussault.

While the sky is the limit, Banh says he is in no hurry to time himself down.

"I really can't see myself in one place yet right now. Something will come," Banh said.

After graduate school, Banh says he plans to go to law school. His top three choices are George Washington, Georgetown, and George Mason. He hopes to one day become a patent attorney.

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