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A Bastrop 18 year old receives her second college degree

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Teenager receives her second college degree at Spring Commencement.

Arielle McNeal, 18, got to move her 2013 tassel to the other side Saturday at graduation, and now she's ready for the Fall semester to start.

"I plan to go to Grad school this fall," says McNeal.

That's right... Graduate School, because it wasn't a high school diploma that 18-year-old McNeal got Saturday, it was her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.

She hopped on the fast track in August of 2009 when she became home-schooled.

"Back to her graduation date, high school, she graduated at age 17," says her mother Concetta, "and from Louisiana Delta with her Associate degree."

At 17, McNeal earned her high school diploma, and an Associate's degree in social science, by enrolling in the Collegiate Program at ULM.

"Either a clinical psychologist or a lawyer," says McNeal about what career she wants to pursue.

She will continue her education, but says one thing will change.

"I still live at home now," says McNeal. She'll get the chance to live on campus for the first time - the true college life. Her mom says that's fine, as long as she takes this advice.

"I want her to breathe, I want her to just relax and seize this moment," says Concetta McNeal.

A sound piece of advice for every graduate.

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