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July 15th, 2012
09:48 AM ET

9-year-old working toward college degree

Tanishq Abraham, 9, discusses his passion for science and motivation to attend college courses.


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Giggles

    Aw, good for him!

    July 17, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
  2. Elizabeth

    Smarty pants!

    July 20, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  3. Kermit

    Kids that go to college so young almost always grow up to be disaffected, depressed, and unsuccessful adults. Their whole socialization mechanism gets screwed up in the process. Good luck, kid.

    July 21, 2012 at 8:49 am |
  4. Just!ne

    Wow! I hope he inspires kids his age to take school seriously. Sure, school isn't for everyone, but everyone should at least earn a HS Diploma.

    July 23, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
  5. Sissy

    I wasn't impressed at all.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:11 am |
  6. Big B

    Unfortunately they become disaffected, depressed, and unsuccessful because the vast majority of people are not capable of putting some bigger goal in front of them. He can see a myriad of possibility, potential, for us... once he has a little exposure to the world he'll realize that the masses are not capable of living up to that potential. Like many with cognitive gifts he will give up and eventually turn inward. Depression is the only possible result without herculean efforts to persevere. You can lead people to knowledge, but you can't make them care.

    Cute kid. I feel bad.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
  7. Smoothio

    Book knowledge is great but obviously there's just a certain amount of life experience that needs to be obtained before certain things can be put in their appropriate context. He sounds like he's just regurgitating what his teachers and inevitably pushy parents are feeding him. Come to think of it, most college students in their early 20s are too though...

    July 25, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  8. John Sampson

    He doesn't sound very smart?

    July 26, 2012 at 12:47 am |
  9. Hannah

    He sounds extremely intelligent! My assumption is he had a stutter because he was nervous. He parents must be very proud of there 9 year old prodigy!

    July 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  10. Brrrittany

    My nephew and niece seems smarter than he does-they can at least speak in complete sentences without saying, "like" the entire time.

    July 27, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  11. the_dude

    Listening to this kid speak he sounds very dumb. I'm sure his parents forced him to book study for 20 hours a day but the kid doesn't sound like the knowledge is his he is reciting stuff from books.

    July 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  12. smb04d

    He sounds just like my 9 year old brother!!! Wow

    August 9, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  13. New Gawker

    It's awful to send such a young child to college. One's social growth is just as important. he needs to interact with other kids. There's many gifted children programs that would suit him better than college.

    August 9, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  14. Bernard Feynman

    This article is so dumb, part of CNN trying to make stories by blasting outrageous headlines, this kid may be smart, but I can guarantee you that he is nothing special. First of all he can't speak very well and just talks about science as a complete whole saying he likes everything and wants to do everything. I also guarantee that very soon his peers (especially asians) will outpace him completely in a few years. There are 13 year old kids who qualify as top 250 math students in nation, those kids deserve stories, not this one. Also it's just the parents doing it in reality he couldn't handle real coursework

    August 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  15. Sofia

    this so-called "child prodigy" is going to college, yet he speaks inarticulately and is incapable of expressing mature ideas (people need to be healthy because it's good)? something doesn't "like" compute...

    August 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
  16. Truf Sayer

    When I was a freshman in college there was an 11 or 12 year old sophomore at school. He didn't fit in well and was known for crying and throwing fits. I think throwing a 9 year old into an adult environment like that isn't good for the kid.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  17. Elle

    He's nine, give him a break. You can't just judge him from the way he speaks, because he's probably terrified.

    August 13, 2012 at 9:58 pm |

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