11-year-old Boy Admitted To The University To Study Quantum Physics


People, we’ve got a genius!

Carson Huey-You, an 11-year-old is among the new class of undergrads at Texas Christian University – adjusting to college life, finding the right buildings, settling in for those easy core classes.

Around the time when most kids are playing with jacks and baseball cards, young Huey-You will be taking university-level courses among teenagers and young adults. And it won’t just be any class load. The boy, who scored a 1770 on his SAT, speaks Mandarin Chinese and plays the piano, will be studying nothing less than quantum physics.

His mom, Claretta, says her son had intense focus as an infant.  By the age of one, he could read.  By five, he was doing pre-algebra.  Calculus, he says, relaxes him.

If he graduates as his parents expect, in four to five years, Carson will have a college diploma before or at the same time he gets his driver’s license.

What were you doing at 11?

I was in secondary school – FGC Kano, hiding from those wicked seniors..lol


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    This is inspiring…
    I like the fact that they (TCU) didn’t stop/disqualify him, because of age, but allowed him to soar as high as he can (education-wise)!
    That’s a challenge on us too older folks!
    Quantum physics might not be our own main focus (definitely not mine) but let’s be INTENSELY focused on our goal too.

    Finally: Since the guy was intense since he was born, it must be a trait.

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      I completely agree with you on this. It’s also important for parents not to compare their children with this kid. What we should to for our children is to encourage them to bring the best out of them.

      As for the kid, I hope he can also have a normal kid’s life as well. That’s also important. Kudos to him and his parents for noticing the trait and encouraging it.

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      True. True.

      Older folks would be more drawn to him… I would, if i have a class (especially physics) with him…”What can i learn from him o” would be my question.
      He’d most likely not have a NORMAL kid life…but his friends are going to be way older than him because of the environment he is placed in.
      I would totally be his friend if i was in his school or class with him. Trust me! lol

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      This is incredible! Age 11 in the university? Only for the most genius. At age 11, I was in primary school.

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    While I’m happy for the young boy, being a genius is simply overrated; most of the advances made by science were not made by geniuses; they were made by regular folks dedicated to their work and the desire to make a huge impact.
    The highest verifiable IQ ever (according to Guinness Book of Records) goes to Kim Ung-Yong (a South Korean) who was a child prodigy and had been able to read Japanese, Korean, German, English and many other languages by his third birthday. Guess what he current is: a civil engineer in Korea. With his great intellect, all he could is design buildings and roads.

    Meanwhile, Steve Jobs, whose IQ was recorded (though unconfirmed) to be less than 100, managed the creation of some of the best innovative and transformative products in our lifetime.

    Also, the university that admitted him seem to perform best in Pre-medicine and liberal studies. Someone should have advised his parents to apply to Stanford, MIT, Princeton, or any of those schools that take science as a priority.

    Just my 2 cents.

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      I agree with your last paragraph. He should still be able to transfer to those schools if he wishes.

      As far as his achievement so far, I still think its an incredible feat.

      Thanks for your comments, I noticed you commented on several posts. You should use your name or initials so we can identify you. You are really appreciated!

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      At his age, it’s a great feat. But by the time he’s 30, it’ll no longer be a wonder. By then, what’ll matter won’t be what age he got into college, but what he was able to do with his intellectual capability.

      My usually classic example: an 18 yr old high school graduate making $2000 per month feels rich (depending on location) ; he might even feel like a king amongst his peers.

      In 12 more years, at the age of 30, if he’s still making the same amount, he’d no doubt begin to see himself as a failure. Why? The passage of time has
      (1) reduced the purchasing power of the amount.
      (2) he has more responsibilities now, meaning more is actually expected of him.
      (3) allowed his mates to go through the natural process of acquiring the skillset necessary to make much more than that.
      (4) increased societal’s expectations of him.

      If he cannot improve on that, he’ll be labelled a failure later in life.

      As Socrates (or maybe it was Plato) said, “Success is 2% inspiration (genius, intellect, wisdom, etc) and 98% perspiration”. Success in life is determined by the contributions to society by the life and that is mainly achieved through work.

      As I like to say, “time will tell”.

      N.B: And you know whom I am.