For most, school can be exciting in the early years and secondary school really tough if you don’t stay focused. Twelve years of school and another four, six or more should you go to college or university. By the time that’s done and dusted it might seem that half your life has passed you by without you even noticing.
Just imagine being able to do all that before you reach your tweens. Actually, a boy from Amsterdam is doing that right now.
Laurent Simons finished high school at eight years old and it took him only 18 months. Currently studying for his degree in electrical engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology, Laurent is just weeks away from graduating, after studying for only nine months!
Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree, told CNN: “Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”
“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here. Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”
According to the Daily Mail, the nine-year-old’s current tutor at TUE, Professor Peter Baltus, believes Laurent to be least three times smarter than the next most intelligent student he’s met during his career.
Not surprising since he has an IQ of 145 and a photographic memory.
Laurent’s ambition is to change the world of cardiac surgery. Both his grandparents dealing with heart issues. Brilliant at math and science, he enjoys Fortnite and Netflix just like most children.
Unlike most kids his age, this young man knows exactly what he wants to do which happens to be starting on a PhD program in electrical engineering and studying for a medicine degree, at the same time!
The only question is where to go? Laurent fancies going to California in the USA and his dad wants him to go to Oxford in the UK
While he would like to go to California for his next educational journey, his dad wants him to go to Oxford in the UK.
John Wilkes, a professor based in Switzerland, taught Laurent when he was six and recommends he go with his father’s suggestion.
“I really would recommend Oxford for him,” the professor said.
“He would develop somewhere the environment is about learning rather than being taught. For someone like Laurent that is ideal.”
Laurent graduates from TUE next month and will then become the youngest university graduate in the world, taking the top spot in the Guinness Book of World Records, currently held by Michael Kearney who graduated at age 10 from the University of Alabama.
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