One of 900 graduates of the public college, Hung earned his Associate of Arts degrees in Social Sciences, Arts and Human Expression, Social Behavior and Self-Development, History, as well as Science and Mathematics.
During the fall of 2020, his mother, Song Choi, pulled Hung from public schools, as she felt he was extremely self-motivated and goal oriented. She stated she felt public schools were not satisfying the 9-year-olds curiosity and felt he would do better in college.
Fullerton’s “The Special Admit program” allowed Hung to enroll in courses at the college while also completing his mother’s homeschool curriculum. For more than 20 years, Choi has worked as a tutor.
Hung said while the transition to college wasn’t easy, the support of his professors as well as his classmates helped him, saying they “treated me like a little brother,” helping to answer his questions.
Kenneth Collins, his biology professor, described Hung as a “great mixture of a kid and a college student.”
Hung says he was inspired to enroll at Fullerton after Jack Rico, who was 13 at the time, graduated from the college in the spring of 2020. In 2021, Rico graduated from UNLV.
Outside of school, Hung’s activities include basketball, Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scouts as well as playing video games such as Roblox and Minecraft. By age 16, he hopes to have his pilot’s license. He also has a passion for his pets. This summer he will be traveling to the Middle East.
Before he applies to universities, Hung is going to be taking STEM courses next year. He was also elected a Senator for Associated Students for next year. He wants to have a career in piloting, pediatrics or aerospace engineering.
Part of the California Community Colleges System, Fullerton College is located 30 miles from Los Angeles, in Orange County.
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