Aug 28, 2013 03:23 PM EDT
Carson Huey-You Starts Semester at TCU; 11-Year-Old Pursuing A Career in Quantum Physics
Carson Huey-You is starting his first year at Texas Christian University (TCU) to begin studying quantum physics at the age of 11, TCU360 reported.
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His mother Claretta will escort him to his classes; he is enrolled in 14 credit hours this semester including calculus and physics and has already graduated high school as a co-valedictorian. His SAT score is 1770 and, at his admissions interview, he spoke Mandarin Chinese and played Beethoven's "Ode To Joy" on the piano.
Carson could not apply to the school or for financial aid online because the forms would not accept a 2002 birthdate. Ray Brown, TCU dean of admission, said he could not remember an applicant so young. Regardless, he said, Carson will be welcomed on campus.
"[Carson] is at a place that will genuinely care about him as a person," Brown said.
Brown said the youngest to graduate TCU was a student named Sam Hong, who did so when he was 17. Carson's parents think he will graduate by the age of 16.
The young prodigy's goal is to achieve a PhD before he is 20 years old.
Claretta said she knew her son was gifted when he was three months old and at an eye exam. She said the doctor commented on her son's extraordinary ability to focus. By age two, Carson was reading chapter books and a year later, he was multiplying and dividing.
When he was five, Claretta and her husband began searching for a school for him because Carson was at the academic level of an eight-grader.
Carson said he does not mind his mother following him around to his classes and he has also settled in.
"It's just really fun to have her around," Carson told NBC 5 Dallas. "I've actually managed to make a few friends here."
He said he likes to play video games, his favorite movie is "Star Wars," his favorite book series is "the Chronicles of Narnia" and he gets in trouble for roughhousing with his brother, who is seven and already doing eighth grade schoolwork.