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College Freshman, 11, Pursuing Quantum Physics Dream
August 29, 2013

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A freshman at Texas Christian University this fall is 11. He is Carson Huey-You, and he wants to be a quantum physicist.

Being the youngest student in his class is not new for Huey-You. He was co-valedictorian of his senior class at Accommodated Learning Academy in Grapevine, Texas. He graduated with a 4.0 GPA and scored a cumulative 1770 on the SAT (out of a possible 2400).

In his first semester at college, Carson is taking 14 hours, including calculus and physics. His parents expect him to take a "normal" four or five years to graduate from TCU. He would then be 16, which would still make him the youngest graduate Dean of Admission Ray Brown can remember. (A 17-year-old, Sam Hong, graduated two years ago when he was 17.)

Carson showed a high aptitude at an early age, learning to read chapter-length books when he was 2 and working at a full 8th grade level when he was 5. He speaks Mandarin and is a self-taught pianist. Like other kids his age, he also likes playing sports and video games and watching movies and TV shows. His favorite TV show is MythBusters.

He had to get a special dispensation just to enroll, since the university's online enrollment software didn't allow him to choose 2002 for a birth year. Once he and his parents met with university officials, however, he made enough of a case to be admitted.

Carson's younger brother, Cannan, is studying at an 8th grade level. He is 7, and his parents expect him to graduate from high school at age 13.

The parents, a former pilot and a stay-at-home, said they encouraged their children to learn but didn't push them hard enough to turn them off learning.






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