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.

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“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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