11-Year-Old Prodigy Off to College, Wants to Finish PhD by 20Carolyn Castiglia
Carson Huey-You “was reading chapter books by the time he was 2 years old … was in high school at age 5, and he graduated from Accommodated Learning Academy in Grapevine with a 4.0 grade point average and a 1770 SAT score,” NBCDFW reports. And now he’s the youngest student ever to attend Texas Christian University, where he’s enrolled this fall. Huey-You will be studying — get ready for it — quantum physics. The child prodigy hopes to complete his PhD at the school by the time he’s 20.
Huey-You’s mother “is by his side every day as he attends calculus, physics, history and religion classes on the Fort Worth campus,” NBCDFW reports. The 11-year-old says, “It’s just really fun to have her around.”
In spite of Huey-You’s young age, he’s not the youngest student ever to enroll in college. If this list compiled last year of the 10 Youngest College Students of All Time is still accurate, some geniuses have started taking college classes at age 8. Sho Yano, who could be a hero to Huey-You, “is currently thought to have one of the highest IQs in the world, measured at an impressive 200.” He “was ready to enter college by age 8,” and “by 12 he had graduated and was on to the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Chicago to work on his MD and PhD in molecular genetics and cell biology.” Yano completed his PhD when he was 18, proving that Huey-You’s dream may be more realistic than it seems.
For more on Carson Huey-You’s story, visit NBCDFW.
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