"I'm proceeding right now as though I am, because there's no time to waste if I'm to start again this November," Paris said.

He said he's never let the fear of failure keep him from chasing his dreams, and he encourages others to follow suit.

"Don't be afraid of failure," he said. "Take that test, sit that exam, go to college, and when you do fail -- because you will -- just brush it off, think about it, go back again better prepared than last time. You will succeed."