Boy (12) to start var­sity

Lesotho Times - - International -

SACRA­MENTO — A 12-year-old Sacra­mento stu­dent who al­ready has three com­mu­nity col­lege de­grees and has been ac­cepted to two Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia cam­puses says he plans on study­ing biomedical en­gi­neer­ing and be­com­ing a doc­tor and med­i­cal re­searcher by the time he turns 18.

Tan­ishq Abra­ham (pic­tured) has been ac­cepted to UC Davis and re­ceived a re­gent’s schol­ar­ship to UC Santa Cruz, but he has yet to de­cide which univer­sity he’ll at­tend, re­ported Sacra­mento tele­vi­sion sta­tion CBS 13 on Sun­day.

“I think I’ll be 18 when I get my MD,” he said.

Tan­ishq started com­mu­nity col­lege at age 7 and last year he re­ceived as­so­ciate’s de­grees from Amer­i­can River Col­lege, a com­mu­nity col­lege in Sacra­mento, in gen­eral science; math and phys­i­cal science; and for­eign lan­guage stud­ies.

Pro­fes­sors at the col­lege didn’t ini­tially want him in their classes be­cause of his age. But fi­nally a pro­fes­sor agreed to let him at­tend if his mother, a doc­tor of vet­eri­nary medicine, also took the class. “There were times when I had to ex­plain gen­eral rel­a­tiv­ity and spe­cial rel­a­tiv­ity to my mom,” he said.

Bi­ol­ogy pro­fes­sor Mar­lene Martinez said he was never afraid to ask lot of ques­tions. “In lec­ture he would al­ways pop up with ‘so, does that mean...’ or ‘what about this?’ “Martinez said. — AP

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