Two Caps, Two Gowns, But Not Too Busy

Chase Abrams started taking college classes at the same time he was in high school.

The next thing he knew, he was attending two graduations.

Abrams was involved in the Accelerated College Enrollment and Pre-Accelerated College Enrollment program (ACE-PACE) at Cal Sate Los Angeles.

"It's for people who just want to get their feet wet and take a couple college classes, and I ended up doing the extreme," Abrams said.

He graduated May 29 from Sierra Canyon High School. He graduated Saturday from Cal State LA with a bachelor's degree.

Abrams was a Radio, TV and Film major, but he also exceled at time management. His typical day began at 5 a.m. with a workout at the gym.

6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.: Take sister to Calabasas.
7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.: Drive to Chatsworth
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Attend high school classes
3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.: Football practice

"Then, I'd go all the way from 4:45 without a shower to Cal State LA," Abrams said.

He finished his college classes at 10 p.m. Abrams used one weekend day to study. He spent the other weekend day with friends.

"I still had the full high school experience all around," he said. "I went to prom, had a girlfriend for 2 1/2 years."

If the radio-TV-film thing doesn't work out, Abrams said he plans to return to school for pre-med studies.

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