Nine-year-old Laurent Simons who is set to become the youngest person to graduate college, is being inundated by offers from the world’s top universities for post-graduate studies. He will have his bachelor’s degree in that field before the end of the year and plans to get get his doctoral degree in electrical engineering.
Laurent is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE)—a challenging course even for students of an average graduate age.
He then plans to start studying for his doctoral program in electrical engineering while also studying medicine, his father told CNN.
Described by staff at the Eindhoven University of Technology as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent comes from a family of doctors. But even his parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, find it difficult to explain how easily their son absorbs knowledge.
“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” Lydia joked during an interview with CNN.
According to the school’s educational director, Sjoerd Hulshof, nothing is ordinary about Laurent.
“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent, but also a very sympathetic boy.”
Professor Peter Baltus, his current tutor, claims that he is at least three times smarter than the next most intelligent student he’s met in his lengthy career.
Laurent who has a photographic memory loves maths and science, and wants to revolutionize cardiac surgery because both his grandparents have heart problems.
He spends free time playing games such as “Fortnite” and “Minecraft” in addition to watching Netflix and hanging out with his friends.
With an IQ of at least 145, Laurent is set to take the World Record from Michael Kearney, who graduated from the University of Alabama at the age of 10.
Laurent hasn’t decided where to go for his graduate degree, or degrees. His dad doesn’t seem worried about the pace at which his brilliant son is advancing.
“He does whatever he likes,” Alexander said. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”
The family plans to holiday in Japan when Laurent gets his bachelor’s degree.
Alexander doesn’t think Laurent’s dreams of acing med school and someday developing artificial human organs is unrealistic.
“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things,” the proud papa said.
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