In Mexico City 8-year-old Adhara Perez is the girl who exceeded the IQ of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking with 162. She dreams of being an astronaut one day, but she came to think that this would be impossible.
When she was 3 years old, the little girl from the slums of Tlahuac, in Mexico City was diagnosed with Asperger (autism spectrum). “I made a mockery at school,” she said
“I saw that Adhara was playing in a little house and they locked her up. And they started to chant: ‘Oddball, weirdo!’” her mother, Nallely Sanchez, said. “And then they started hitting the little house. So I said, I don’t want her to suffer.”
Perez then fell into a “very deep” depression, according to Sanchez, with the bright young pupil not wanting to go to school anymore. Teachers said Perez would sleep in class, showing an apparent lack of interest.
Sanchez, aware of her daughter’s unusual smartness at home, recognized the current education plan wasn’t the right fit for her daughter, and took Perez to therapy, she told the Yucatan Times.
From there, the girl’s extremely high IQ was identified, and she was able to seek a learning environment that adapts to students’ unique skill sets.
In no time at all, Perez finished elementary school by 5, middle school by 6 and high school by 8, according to the Yucatan Times. Now she’s reportedly in the process of earning two degrees online, one in industrial engineering in mathematics and one in systems engineering.
La pequeña Adhara Pérez es una niña prodigio orgullosamente mexicana que nos dejó impresionados a todos en @cddelasideas. A sus 8 años ya estudia una carrera en Ingeniería Industrial y su más grande sueño es ser científica y convertirse en una astronauta para trabajar en la NASA. pic.twitter.com/zrjHm1rIjn
— Ricardo Salinas Pliego (@RicardoBSalinas) November 11, 2019
The child dreams of entering the University of Arizona to study astrophysics, since she saw a series of events presented by a UNAM teacher at the University Museum.
Sanchez supports her daughter and plans to take her to the United States to take the university’s admission exam, in the hope that she will be awarded a scholarship. For this reason she is currently studying English.
The child genius—who wrote a book about her experiences with a title that roughly translates to Do Not Give Up—was even featured in Forbes México’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Mexico list.