Tanishq Abraham, a 10-year-old boy from Sacramento, California, has received his high school diploma. This makes him one of the youngest persons to ever graduate from high school in the United States, according to a Huffington Post report on Tuesday. Abraham was home-schooled for the past three years, and then he passed a state exam in March that certified him as having met the appropriate academic standards to receive his high school diploma in California.
Abraham, who became a member of MENSA (which is an international society for persons with high IQs) at the age of four - has said that it wasn’t easy to accomplish this because of the bureaucracy. He asserts that he had to put a great deal of hard work into the effort. Now, he is very happy that he is finally graduating high school.
From here, Abraham is moving ahead vigorously. He has scored well on the SAT exams, and he is completing the community college courses he has been taking since he was just 7 years old. His plan is to finish his community college courses by next semester which will give him an associate’s degree.
After that, he wants to transfer to a university. He wants to transfer to UC Davis to study medicine. He said that he would like to even go to a place like M.I.T. The problem with that idea, he laments, is that he is so young. Only being 10 years old, he wouldn’t be able to stay in the dormitory at the school.
The boy says that he realized he had a special gift when he was just in kindergarten. At that very young age, he realized he could read books written for second and third graders. Additionally, his math skills were that of a second or third grader. He believes that learning just comes more naturally to him than to other youngsters. It also helps that he says he really likes to learn things.
Abraham names science as his favorite subject. However, he says he also enjoys social studies and history. Of math, he says he kind of likes it. He plans to either become a doctor – though he doesn’t know what kind – or perhaps a medical researcher or even the president.
Of the home schooling, his mother, Taji Abraham, said she decided to home school Tanishq as he was too far along academically for his grade level. She said that other students had begun teasing him and stealing his things, too. Socially, he is in a boys’ chorus and in swim classes so that he is around kids his age, according to ABC News.
The boy also received a letter from President Obama. The letter congratulated him on his graduation. He read that this special occasion is the culmination of years of study and that the president is pleased to join the Abraham family and their friends in celebrating the milestone.