14-Year-Old Graduates College With a Degree in Physics: 'I Was Very Comfortable'
He graduated high school at 10.
He's the age of most high school freshmen, but this 14-year-old left many stunned as he walked across the stage to receive his college degree.
Carson Huey-You graduated high school at the young age of 10, started attending Texas Christian University when he was 11, and received his bachelor's degree in physics on May 6.
Carson became the youngest person ever to graduate from the university.
Carson’s younger brother, 11-year-old Cannan, also graduated high school and is set to attend TCU in the fall to major in astrophysics and engineering.
"Yes, they’re smart," Claretta Kimp, Carson’s mom, told The Washington Post. “But that’s just a small part of who they are.”
Kimp said she knew early on that Carson was gifted — especially when he told her he wanted to do calculus at just 3 years old.
“So I got him a little calculus book and he could work some of the very first questions in the book and then I thought, 'Um, okay, you’re really smart,'" Kimp said.
Carson was homeschooled as a child. Kimp converted a spare bedroom in their home to a classroom before Carson was walking. She said he was extremely excited to learn.
He was reportedly reading chapter books by the age of 2. At age 5, he was on an eighth grade level and Kimp found a small private school that would allow him to learn on the level he was on.
He graduated co-valedictorian at 10 years old and then he was off to TCU.
“The first day of class, I was very nervous, kinda, about what I was walking into," Carson said. "Going from a small private school to this big campus, but after the first day of class and once I sort of got used to the overall TCU feel, I was very comfortable."
Kimp said she was less nervous about him starting college than she’d been about him starting high school as a 5-year-old.
“Even though he was 11, in a classroom with 18-year-olds and so forth, I felt that he was safe and I sat right outside the classroom door the whole time so it wasn’t like I was scared or uncomfortable,” Kimp said
Dr. Magnus Rittby, a professor at the school, said it’s been a unique experience working with Carson.
“He will never be as anyone else because of his age and so that will always be a factor, but we’re trying to eliminate that as much as possible and treat them as adults when that’s appropriate and as kids when that’s appropriate," Rittby said. "Because he needs to be able to go between those two worlds still in order to make it to wherever he’s going in the future."
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