14-year-old college freshman attends classes in Las Vegas

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 10:58am

Though some teens his age are just starting high school, a 14-year-old in Las Vegas is already attending college.

Like so many other freshman, Ke'Andre Blackston Jr. walked onto UNLV campus this fall ready to make his mark on the world. But there was already something that set him far apart from his fellow freshman.

"I don't know, I feel like I fit in perfectly," said Blackston.

Walking to theater class is routine for Ke'Andre Blackston and so is answering the same question several times a day.

"Someone walks up and asks, like hey, how young are you?"

The 14-year-old says he is used to that question by now, but admits it's a little annoying, because in his mind, he's one face in a sea of 3,700 UNLV freshman.

His mom will tell you he's never been just like everybody else.

"By the time he was like 5, I started teaching him multiplication and then he just started catching on," said Ceavaya Robinson.

Robinson homeschooled her son for most of grade school because regular classes were too easy.

At the age of 12 Blackston wanted to try public school again. So he took a placement test and landed in the 11th grade.

Fast forward two years and now he's a UNLV Rebel.

"Very, very, proud and it makes me nervous, because he's still young and he's still my baby," said Robinson.

Robinson says the odds were stacked against here son from the beginning. She never graduated high school and she says that Blackston's father had a difficult past too.

It's part of the reason the theater major keeps pushing his limits.

"They expect me to just excel at ever single thing I do. I think they forget, I'm normal and I might mess up." said Blackston.

Blackston says making friends is easy in college, most of the students don't care that he's not old enough to drive, go to bars, or live on campus.

Obstacles that don't faze the aspiring actor and rapper. He's just trying to soak in every second of life in college.

When he graduates, Blackston wants to move to New York and pursue his dreams of being an actor or rapper.  


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