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11-Year-Old Youngest Freshman Ever at TCU

CNN
Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 9:13am

FORT WORTH (KDAF) -- While most eleven-year-olds are adjusting to life as a sixth grade student, one is already in college. That's right – college. In fact, little Carson Huey-You is the youngest freshman ever to attend Texas Christian University.

"It's pretty exciting; it can even be a little overwhelming," Carson said as he sat in a classroom in the Tucker Technology Center. "But you kind of settle in as you go along, just like any other school."

Carson certainly isn't your typical student, but then again, that's quite apparent the minute you meet him.

"To know what quantum physics is, you need to know what physics is – which is basically science, math, kind of all bundled up into one with a bunch of experiments on the side," Carson explained. "Quantum physics is the same kind of physics, but with a lot of atoms and molecules and waves."

Gifted doesn't even begin to describe the pint-sized prodigy with an infectious smile and endearing giggle that serves as a reminder of his actual age.

At the tender age of eleven, Carson is the youngest incoming freshman ever enrolled at TCU. His major? Quantum physics, of course.

"It's actually been pretty fun over the past week," Carson reflected on his first week of collegiate life. When asked how his classmates reacted upon seeing him for the first time, Carson said, "The first and second days yes [I got double-takes from students]. But after that, it kinda quieted down because everyone knew me."

Carson's life story is that of movies and TV shows. Does the popular 90's sitcom 'Doogie Howser' come to mind?

"Umm…I've heard his name, but I don't know exactly who he is," Carson said of the show's character. Then again, the show was on air well over a decade before Carson was born.

Yet like the fictional character, Carson is a child genius. He scored a 1770 on his SATs, started reading books at the age of two, and could solve math problems at three years of age.

"At age five, I was actually put in an eighth grade class. So, that was definitely kind of a point when I was like wait – why are you a lot taller and a lot older?" Carson giggled.

"It's a once in a lifetime adventure for me and Carson," Dean of TCU's College of Science and Engineering Dr. Magnus Rittby said.

Carson is still a freshman frog still learning the ropes on campus.

When asked if he knew TCU's fight song, Carson drew a blank, which elicited a sweet giggle.

He's a young boy grounded and focused, one with a brilliant mind and boundless opportunities.

"I want to be a quantum physicist and do a lot of research and experiments."

"He's amazing and he's going to do something fantastic in the world," Dr. Rittby said.

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