Meet Tanishq Abraham: 9-Year-Old Boy Genius Working on his College Degree

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Tanishq Abraham

Kids like 9-year-old Tanishq Abraham take ‘Over Achiever’ to a whole new level and put the rest of us to shame.

The American River College in Sacramento, CA has a special student in their sophomore level class this year. Tanishq Abraham has been a member of Mensa, the club that only kids with high IQs can get into, since the age of 4. Not only does he take college level classes with students nearly a decade older than him, he also outperforms them.

So what’s his story?
Tanishq’s parents, Bijou and Taji Abraham, realized that their son had talent when he completed Stanford’s online math courses for KG to 4th graders in less than 6months at the age of five. By the time he was six-years-old, he had completed high-school level online classes in Math, Chemistry, Biology and Paleontology. When he turned 8 he took college level classes at American River College in Geology, Astronomy and Biotechnology.

Genius seems to run in the Abraham family. Tanishq’s little sister, Tiara Abraham, was admitted to Mensa last year. And to top it off the the kids hold the distinction of being the youngest siblings of East Indian descent to make it to the society, both having scored in the 99 percentile in Mensa’s standardized IQ test.

Not only is this kid book smart, he’s talented in the arts. He started piano lessons at the age of three and can cream his parents in a game of chess. Both Tanishq and his sister, Tiara, were home-schooled for part of their education. Their parents cite lack of programs geared towards exceptionally gifted and talented kids. They resorted to home-schooling when conventional education programs and budget cutting did not help their kids accelerate.

You can watch the video below of Tanishq talking about his ambitions to become an inventor, a doctor and maybe even the President. (Video via cnn)

The American River College in Sacramento, CA has a special student in their sophomore level class this year. At 9-yrs of age Tanishq Abraham a member of Mensa, the society of people with high IQs, since the age of 4 is not just comfortable taking college level classes with students who are almost 10yrs older than him, he is also one of the better performing students in all the classes he has taken.

At a very early age Tanishq’s parents, Bijou & Taji Abraham, could make out that he was gifted with special abilities. By the age of 5, Tanishq had completed Stanford’s online Math courses for KG to 4th grade in less than 6months. By the age of 6, he had completed high-school level online classes in Maths, Chemistry, Biology & Paleontology and by the age of 8 he was taking college level classes at American River College in Geology, Astronomy & difficult subjects such as Biotechnology. Along with his younger sister, Tiara Abraham, who was also admitted to Mensa last year, the kids hold the distinction of being the youngest siblings of East Indian descent to make it to the society with both having scored 99percentile in Mensa’s standardized IQ test.

But its not all about academics for young Tanishq. He has been taking piano lessons since the age of 3 and can already beat his parents at a game of chess. Both Tanishq and his sister Tiara have been home-schooled for some part of their education. Their parents cite lack of programs geared towards exceptionally gifted & talented kids as one of the problems faced by them. Conventional education programs are not geared towards students with the ability to learn at a faster pace than their peers and the few such programs that do exist like GATE (Gifted and Talented Education program) are being met with stiff budgetary cuts.

You can watch the CNN video below of Tanishq talking about his ambitions to become an inventor, a doctor and maybe even the President.

Remember the name. Tanishq Abraham. This kid is going to change the world.

Sahil M. Bansal is a contributing writer at Divanee.com.