19-year-old holds master’s degree, working toward full counseling licensure
“[In college] people were very protective. I think they saw a bit of themselves in me at first — that kid seems a little lost. There were a lot of mothers who came out of the woodworks to help care for me and make sure I knew where I was going.”
By DALLAS ANNE DUNCAN
At the ripe old age of 19, Keith Xavier Harding already holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance, a master’s in counseling and a certificate declaring him 2017’s top up-and-coming LGBT youth in the Georgia Voice Best of Atlanta awards.
Though he’s only been an Atlantan for a year — Harding grew up with nine siblings in Montgomery, Alabama — he’s made strides and found his niche. He and his partner are about to celebrate their third anniversary, he’s an associate therapist at Thriving Heart working on his counseling license and he’s a proud member of OurSong chorus and ACFLY, the Atlanta Coalition for LGBTQ Youth.
Georgia Voice recently caught up with Harding to learn more about his background, his future career plans and just how he got into Faulkner University at age 11.
You were homeschooled year-round. Was that how you were able to go to college so young, literally because you finished everything at an earlier age?