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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.

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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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People Came Together And Raised The Money To Help A Mexican Engineering Student Make It To NASA

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People Came Together And Raised The Money To Help A Mexican Engineering Student Make It To NASA

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There are a few moments when our dreams are actualized. For Daniela Villegas, that time is now. The Mexican engineering student earned a spot in a NASA program with her brains. Then, the community came together and raised the money she needed to follow her dream.

Daniela Villegas is a Mexican engineering student chasing her dreams.

Villegas is one of 60 people in the world chosen to participate in the International Air and Space Program. The program is a major educational opportunity for students in engineering and aerospace studies. Now that she has been chosen, it is time for her to pay the money in order to attend.

An online community came together and raised the money she needed to get to the NASA program.

What a wonderful moment for the young woman, and Mexicans everywhere. After all, when one of us succeeds, we all succeed. We are all here rooting for you, Daniela. You can do it, mija!

Villegas is bringing so much pride to Mexico and Mexicans around the world.

Daniela Villegas is studying mechatronics engineering, which is a specialized engineering field. Mechatronic engineering is where mechanical, electrical, computer and robotics engineering come together. Mechatronic engineers are the ones who help to create all of the smart technologies that we use almost every day to make our lives easier.

The TecNM – Instituto Tecnológico de Hermosillo student needs our help and we can make her dream happen.

TecNM – Instituto Tecnológico de Hermosillo is located in the middle of the state of Sonora. Villegas raised $3,500 to get to the program in Huntsville, Alabama, and any little bit helped. It also wouldn’t be bad if she raised more so she can fully enjoy her time in the program making the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

READ: A Mexican Teenager Was The First Minor In 100 Years To Be Accepted Into A Post-Graduate Program At Harvard

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Change Up Your Thanksgiving Dinner With These Latin American Substitutes

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Change Up Your Thanksgiving Dinner With These Latin American Substitutes

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Thanksgiving is almost here and the pandemic is changing things for the holiday season. One of the biggest changes is that it is not advised to gather in person for the celebration. This might seem like a bad thing but it does give you the chance to mix things up before a Zoomed Thanksgiving feast. Here are some Latin Americans substitutions you can make to your Thanksgiving table as a test run for next year.

Turkey is great but give some lechon a try.

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Lechon is a Cuban pork dish made for big celebrations. Thanksgiving is a big celebration the revolves around food. Lechon is already the meat of choice at a Cuban Thanksgiving and is usually the star of the plate. You can spend hours dealing with a turkey for the tenth year in a row or you can be a little more excited and make this delicious Cuban meal.

Tostones (patacones) are the perfect replacement for potatoes.

Tostones, also called patacones, are made using green plantains. They are tough and starchy so they make a great savory side dish. make sure you double fry these bad boys. Once when they are chopped and a second time after smashing them to their iconic flat shape. If you let the plantain ripen, you can use it to make maduros instead, which are sweet.

Or, take those plantains and make mofongo.

Mofongo uses the same green plantains except they are fried once then mashed. It goes great with pork so this is a perfect little dish to pair with the lechon if you really want to go for it. The Puerto Rican dish is something that will forever change your mind about what you’d like to see at Thanksgiving.

Causa rellena is a Peruvian take on the classic mashed potatoes.

If you want to stick to the potatoes you are used to buying, Peruvian causa rellena will given them a Latin American spin. The dish does not take long to make and requires minimal cooking. The most you have to really cook is boiling the potatoes so you can mash them but the way the dish ends it by popping it in the fridge. Just layer the cooked ingredients and set it in the fridge overnight to save on Thanksgiving Day cooking time.

Corn is always a hit, especially as esquites.

Esquites is one corn dish everyone needs to try at least once. It is a neater version of elote because it is all the same ingredients but in an easier to eat way. Better yet, you can make a big batch or opt for personal servings to make it all cleaner and easier for everyone involved.

Guava con queso pastelitos are the dessert everyone is really asking for.

This little Cuban pastry is probably one of the best desserts ever created. This is not up for debate. It is just a simple fact of Latin American desserts. Honestly, when you taste the sweet and tangy flavor of the guava wrapped in the flaky, buttery pastry, your life will change. Drop the pumpkin for one year and give this Cuban dessert a try.

READ: Take A Tasting Tour Of Latin America This Thanksgiving With This Curated Menu

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