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Tanishq Abraham, a twelve-year-old Indian American prodigy, who already has three community college degrees, has now added another feather to his already well-decorated cap. Also Read - Ananya Birla Accuses US Restaurant of 'Racism', Says 'They Threw My Family Out'
Tanishq has been accepted to UC Davis and received a regents scholarship to UC Santa Cruz — the highest honor awarded to incoming students.
“I’m pretty excited,” he told NBC News May 22, though he hasn’t yet decided which university he’ll attend. “I’ve been waiting for this for quite some time now. I’ll finally be working on my bachelor’s.”
Abraham, who plans to study bioengineering, will be a junior transfer student when he enrolls in either UC Davis or UC Santa Cruz.
Last year, the child genius earned three associate’s degrees from American River College, a community college in Sacramento, Calif., in general, science; math and physical science; and foreign language studies, where he was believed to be the youngest graduate ever.
Home-schooled by his mother, Abraham’s journey began at age 4 with his induction into the Mensa Society. From then on, it was a fast and furious adventure that involved homeschooling, college classes, research and conferences across the nation.
According to an earlier report in India-West (http://bit.ly/1Lm2wGv), the journey has not been easy for Abraham, who dealt with plenty of rejection and roadblocks along the way in getting into his desired classes and obtaining admission to the college of his choice, largely due to his young age.
His parents, Bijou Abraham, a software engineer, and Dr. Taji Abraham, a veterinarian, who migrated to the U.S. from Kerala, India, tirelessly pushed through these difficult stages so their son could continue his passion and love for learning.
During his high school graduation ceremony, where he received a congratulatory letter from President Obama, Tanishq Abraham told India-West that he has big plans for the future. He hopes to earn his M.D. degree to achieve his goals of being a researcher, doctor, and… “President of the United States.”
He told India-West that being in classes with people twice or thrice his age “was not a big deal” and “it was fun for me.”
At a TEDx talk he delivered in 2013, Abraham said college life should begin when you are ready, not when you turn a certain age.
He has always picked up knowledge quickly, his father, Bijou Abraham, told NBC News.
“We tested him and discovered that he was pretty smart,” he said. “We were surprised when we started giving him advanced stuff and he was picking it up really fast.”
The whiz kid, who has shared some witty science jokes on Conan O’Brian’s talk show, has also been featured on the Lifetime reality competition show, “Child Genius.”
His younger sister Tiara, 10, a fellow MENSA member, is also taking college classes at American River College.
This story was originally published on India West.