Arizona family raising well-educated children in a big way

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Parents want to raise extraordinary, well-educated kids. One Arizona family is doing that in a big way!

“I loved being in college,” Danielle McBurnett said. “I loved the competitive environment.”

McBurnett just graduated from Arizona State University with her Master’s of science degree in nursing. She wasn't your typically college student because she's only 18-years-old.

“It's always been important to me to not be judged based on the day I was born,” McBurnett said. “I want to be judged by people for my capabilities and what I’m able to do.”

Home-schooled by her parents, McBurnett started college at the age of 12. “I worked through the community college system here in Arizona,” McBurnett said. “I went to Chandler-Gilbert as a student for several years and when I was 15, I got my associates degree and transferred to ASU’s nursing college.”

Eventually earning her Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing at 17 years old, McBurnett has worked hard to get where she is today.

“She was working 20 hours a week, along with the clinical hours which is nearly a full-time job,” Danielle’s mom, Lori McBurnett said. “So she's worked considerably hard and we're super proud that she was able to fund the majority of this herself and through the ASU scholarship program.”

Her mom also went on to say that she made sure her daughter experienced what other kids her own age we're doing.

“I have always had educational goals, but I love balancing that with free time,” McBurnett said. “I went to prom. I love dancing.”

McBurnett isn't the only one excelling in her family. She has a 16-year-old sister at the ASU engineering college, another sister who is 14 and going to school at Chandler-Gilbert community college and a 12-year-old brother set to follow in their footsteps.

“This isn't the path for everyone,” Lori McBurnett said. “I actually tried to put the brakes on them, but that's what they want to do. So I want to facilitate them in what they’re doing.”

As for McBurnett, who is looking for a pediatric nurse practitioner job, she believes it's not about your age, but the journey you take to go after what you want.

“I think I've always been so driven, so again I don't think it really mattered to me what age I ended college, McBurnett said. “I feel so blessed that I've been able to do this and get this degree down.”

McBurnett is looking to go back to school to pursue a doctorate in nursing and then eventually law school.