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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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A Mexicana Just Broke A World Record By Making The Fastest Ascent Of The Earth’s Three Highest Mountains

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A Mexicana Just Broke A World Record By Making The Fastest Ascent Of The Earth’s Three Highest Mountains

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Mexican climber Viridiana Álvarez Chávez, might just one of the few people in the world to know what it feels like to actually be on top of the world.

Recently, the climber managed to scale three of the world’s highest peaks to break the Guinness World Records title. And she did it all in under just two years.

Incredibly, Viridiana climbed to the top of the three highest mountains in a year and 364 days.

According to the Guinness World Records, Viridiana’s quest to break the record started on May 16, 2017, with Everest (8,848 meters; 29,029 feet high), followed by K2 (8,611 meters; 28,251 feet) on July 21, 2018, and ended at Kangchenjunga (8,856 meters; 28,169 feet) on May 15, 2019.

Viridiana is the first Latin American to climb K2, the world’s second-highest mountain. To celebrate her amazing accomplishments, Viridiana was honored with a remote ceremony in which Raquel Assis, the Senior Manager of Guinness World Records Latin America Records Management Team, also attended.

Speaking about her accomplishments, Assis congratulated Virdiana saying “We continue to inspire the world through our record holders. Records motivate people to recognize their potential and look at the world differently.”

Before Viridiana, the Guinness World Records title was held by South Korean climber Go Mi-Sun who climbed the three mountains in two years and two days.

Viridiana says her next mission is to climb the 14 highest mountains in the world which would make her the first North American to do so.

Besides being a climber, Viridiana is a public speaker who encourages young people to break standards. Her talks emphasize the importance of accomplishing goals through emotional intelligence, positivity, discipline, and consistency.

“My career as a mountaineer started with an unusual and inspirational purpose: a simple personal challenge to exercise, but I ended up giving up my office job; risking comfort to experience the magic of the mountains, Viridiana told Guinness Book of World Records. “It was proof that dreams do not have to be lifelong dreams and that anyone who sets them can achieve even what are considered ‘unattainable goals,’ such as breaking a world record.”

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Meet Manuel Mendoza, The Winner Of Netflix’s Cannabis Cooking Competition Show

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Meet Manuel Mendoza, The Winner Of Netflix’s Cannabis Cooking Competition Show

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Netflix and Kelis teamed up to create a cooking competition show all about cannabis cooking. “Cooked with Cannabis” is giving cannabis chefs a chance to shine with some friendly competition and the ever-popular cannabis.

Kelis is here with a new kind of cooking competition show officially changing the game.

“Cooked with Cannabis” is elevating the use of cannabis in the kitchen. It is no longer something used by stoners and only stoners. “Cooked with Cannabis” makes cannabis a sophisticated and respectable ingredient in the kitchen. The show offers some insights as to the differences between different strains of pot that many of us just never understood.

The show has six episodes in the first season and there is a new cast of chefs every episode.

The premise of the show is three chefs battling it out for three judges to show what they can do with the cannabis they are given. The recipes look like culinary works of art and seem equally as appetizing. The winner of the episode is given $10,000 as a prize and that’s pretty grand.

One of the winners this season is Manuel Mendoza, a cannabis chef from Chicago.

Mendoza works for Herbal Notes, a Chicago-based cannabis collaborative project. According to the website, Herbal Notes hopes to destigmatize the practice of using cannabis in cooking by highlighting the medicinal properties of the natural ingredient. Herbal Notes is also trying to empower communities long vilified for their use of cannabis.

Mendoza won using the cannabis to create some deliciously relevant foods.

Mendoza won by giving the judges some pot leaf-shaped chilaquiles and marijuana-infused pupusas. The use of Mexican and Salvadoran foods not only highlights our community but also his own upbringing in Chicago as a Salvadoran kid. Mendoza is proud to say that he was raised by Pilsen, the famed Latino community in Chicago.

Congratulations, Mendoza. It is a victory well deserved.

Mendoza’s start in cannabis cooking came when he had a eureka moment with iced chocolate milk. The chef was fresh out of culinary school and was eager to try new things, including cannabis cooking. The cannabis cooking trend was just kicking off and he just wanted to play around. When he created that iced chocolate milk, Mendoza knew that he was on to something and the rest is his culinary career.

READ: Mexico’s Progressive Bill Legalizing Cannabis Stalled Again Because Of Pandemic

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