Some have criticized Jessica and her parents, she said.
“When people find out I want to eventually go to medical school, they're skeptical that I don't have enough life experience,” she said. “But if the medical schools feel that way and I'm put off a few years, then I can go do something else. I'm not in a huge rush right now.”
Others have been concerned that Jessica is missing teenage rites of passage, but she isn't concerned.
“I don't think that I'm missing out on anything,” she said. “I'm still a teenager. I still do those same things. I still have friends my own age. I still act like a teenager.”
Jessica lives at home with her three younger siblings. Due to her age, she doesn't yet have a driver's license and isn't allowed to date.
“I wish I could drive, but the time will come. I'll get there,” says the girl who has gotten to many places quicker than most.
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