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This 9-Year-Old Mexican is Studying Chemistry in College, and He’s Rocking It

Carlos Santamaría Díaz appears to be an ordinary 9-year-old boy. He enjoys watching TV, playing video games and playing with his toys. Yet, there is one thing that sets this young man apart from his peers: he’s studying CHEMISTRY at one of Mexico’s top universities, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

This is the 9-year-old genius.

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Santamaría is taking classes like: Infrared spectroscopy for magnetic resonance imaging of molecules and masses. That’s the whole name for ONE class. ?

He’s grateful for the opportunity explore his curiosity for science.

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“I love being at UNAM, I feel I can learn a lot here. I’d like to take classes in biology, chemistry and medicine, because I do lots of stuff besides chemistry,” Santamaría Díaz said in a press release.

Santamaría’s parents want him to progress academically at his own pace.

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Santamaría’s elementary school classes were boring him, so his father turned to UNAM to let his son explore chemistry at a gradual pace. The university accepted the child and began him in a starting course on the global concepts of chemistry.

His mother remembers him learning quickly at an early age.

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Arcelía Díaz Sotelo says when her son was 3 years old, it only took him a month to read all the months on the family’s calendar.

Santamaría Díaz’s classmates couldn’t believe a 9-year-old was in their class.

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“It was very interesting. First, because no one could believe that a 9-year-old was taking these kinds of courses,” Rafael Fernández, a classmate of Santamaría Díaz told Univision. Fernández also said that after some time in class together, he realized Santamaría Díaz is an educated kid.

His success at UNAM has changed his future and his parents fully support it.

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Instead of sending their son back to elementary school when school resumes, Santamaría Díaz will be enrolled in an online eduction program hosted by the European Union.

Learning on the Internet shouldn’t be a problem for this kid.

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Because he is not obsessed with cell phones and social media. He thinks it is a useless distraction that stifles productivity.

Santamaría says he’s not into cell phones “because they already control people and people can’t get away from them.”

College officials are impressed by the boy’s learning capacity.

“We didn’t dare have him take the whole diploma course right away, because there are seven subjects – but he’s already starting the third,” UNAM professor Eduardo Rodríguez said about picking classes for Santamaría Díaz.

Keep it up, little dude. Sky’s the limit.

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Yalitza Aparicio Has Landed Her First Role Since “Roma” And We Cannot Wait

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Yalitza Aparicio Has Landed Her First Role Since “Roma” And We Cannot Wait

For fans of Yalitza Aparicio from the now iconic film Roma, we have been waiting almost three years to know what’s next for the Oscar-nominated actress. And now, we finally have some answers.

The Roma actress is set to star in an upcoming horror film that’s already started filming.

Anyone who saw Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma immediately fell in love with Cleo, the character played by Oscar-nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio. Her award-winning part in Roma was her very first acting gig and despite her success, she hasn’t acted in anything since, until now.

Aparicio is set to star in an upcoming horror film Presences, a horror film from Innocent Voices director Luis Mandoki. As reported by Mexican publication El Universal, production on Aparicio’s second feature kicked off this week in Tlalpujahua in central Mexico.

According to El Universal: “The film tells the story of a man who loses his wife and goes to seclude himself in a cabin in the woods, where strange things happen.” Production in Tlalpujahua is expected to last for a month.

Although this is only her second role, Aparicio has kept herself busy with several projects.

Aparicio was a schoolteacher plucked from obscurity to star in “Roma,” which resulted in her becoming the first Mexican woman to be Oscar nominated for Best Actress in 14 years and the first Indigenous woman in history. And her Indigenous identity is a major part of her career.

While “Presences” marks the first movie Aparicio has taken on since “Roma,” the actress has remained busy over the last two years, including supporting Indigenous film community efforts in Mexico.

The actress has teamed with projects such as Cine Too to help extend access to cinema to marginalized communities. Cine Too is a one-screen, 75-seat cinema in Guelatao de Juárez, Oaxaca that serves as an educational center for the next generation of Indigenous filmmakers.

“It’s important to save these spaces because they reach places where the arts are often not accessible,” Aparicio told IndieWire. “I come from a community where there’s no movie theater, and as a consequence the population, especially the children that grow up those communities, has less of an interest in the cinematic arts. [Cine Too] has the possibility to reach these children and provide an opportunity to instill in them the passion for cinema and teach them about this art form.”

Aparicio continued, “My objective in my career is to give visibility to all of us who have been kept in the dark for so long. The acting projects I’m working on are moving slowly because I’m putting all my efforts in not being pigeonholed because of my appearance. There are many people who have the disposition to help change things. We’ve had enough of people being typecast in certain roles or characters based on the color of their skin. We have a complicated job, because these things can’t be changed overnight but hopefully we can show people that the only limits are within us.”

“Wherever I go, I’ll always be proudly representing our Indigenous communities,” the actress concluded. “I’m conscious that every step I take may open doors for someone else and at the same time it’s an opportunity for society to realize we are part of it and that we are here.”

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A Mexican Beauty Queen Has Landed In Jail On Kidnapping Charges, Why Does This Keep Happening?

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A Mexican Beauty Queen Has Landed In Jail On Kidnapping Charges, Why Does This Keep Happening?

The pageant world is popular in communities all over the planet. From Russia to the U.S. and across Latin America, beauty queens (and kings) strut their stuff on runways and display their many talents. But the pageant world is also known to suffer from a more sinister side that often lands itself in the headlines.

In Mexico, beauty pageants have long been connected to organized crime and international human trafficking rings. Now, one former beauty queen has landed herself in jail in connection to these terrible crimes.

A former Mexican beauty queen has been jailed in connection to a kidnapping ring.

A former Oaxaca beauty queen has been jailed without bail on suspicion of being part of a kidnapping ring operating in the Mexican states of Veracruz and Oaxaca.

Laura Mojica Romero, 25, was Miss Oaxaca in 2018 and the 2020 International Queen of Coffee in Colombia, a beauty pageant at which she represented Mexico. She was arrested Thursday with seven other people in a raid conducted by a federal anti-kidnapping unit after two months of investigation.

A judge on Saturday ruled that Mojica and the seven others will remain in prison for the next two months while authorities continue to gather evidence. Members of the group each face up to 50 years in prison.

Romero had tried to position herself as unique among beauty queens in the country.

Laura Mojica Romero defined herself as “more than a pretty face” during a interview she did in 2019. The 25-year-old, who at that time had just won the Miss Oaxaca contest for the second time, said that the contest had taken an important turn because it highlighted aspects that went “beyond” the contestants’ own beauty.

She put herself out there as an example when remembering that she participated in the delivery of supplies (sweaters, blankets and coats) in remote Indigenous communities and announced that among her future projects included support for the musical education of children from impoverished communities, as well as the formation of women’s entrepreneurship cells; a strategy that she claimed was to combat gender violence.

“We cannot stand idly by, we have to eradicate violence against women, through campaigns and talks that make men aware of this problem,” said the also graduate in Business Administration from the Universidad Veracruzana (UV) to Newsweek Mexico.

Mexico is an international hub for human trafficking.

In its most recent report, the organization Alto al Secuestro warned that the states with the highest incidence of kidnappings are the State of Mexico, with seven; Veracruz, with 12; Oaxaca, with six; Guerrero, with five; and Tabasco, Sinaloa and Mexico City, with four respectively.

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