A little backstory: I'm an international student from South East Asia. My excitement for studying in the US excited my parents, so my father arranged a meeting with his friend's son, who attended a university there.
He said that he attended community college before going to university. I was quite interested at this, since he said that he learned quite a lot of valuable skills and made valuable friends. But then he said he attended the college at 16 years old, meaning he skipped his eleventh and twelfth grade.
I have a few questions regarding this.
One, is it truly possible to skip my eleventh and twelfth grade (as an international student) and directly go to community college? Allegedly, this is what my dad's friend's son did. If so, is it possible in all states or some states?
Two, what about my high school diploma? Will I be able to get a diploma attending community college?
Three, is it really easier to go to top universities after attending community college? He said that a friend of his got into Harvard after community college.
Please answer, as I'm currently in my sophomore year, and I need to decide on this quickly!