At thirteen, most of us were probably in the eighth grade, preparing ourselves for the transition from junior high to high school.
I remember it being a rather nerve-wracking stage, wondering if I’d fit in at high school.
I can’t imagine being thirteen and going on to higher education. However, for one 13-year-old boy in Minneapolis, being his age means getting ready to graduate from the University of Minnesota, and then go on to grad school!
Elliot Tanner is in his fourth year of university at only thirteen! He is a physics major with a minor in math and is studying at the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering.
Tanner, himself, said to FOX 9, “Sometimes there is sort of a ‘wow’ period for a week or two and then everyone just kinda gets used to seeing me in class, and it becomes a normal occurrence.”
His mother, Michelle, shared that the young boy was already reading and able to solve math problems by the time he was three years old.
After that, he did some homeschooling as well as a high school curriculum which he completed in two years. This freed him up to do college classes when he was just nine years old! Quite impressive.
Michelle said, “People who hear Elliott’s story say he doesn’t get to be a kid, or he grew up too fast. He still very much is a kid and the only difference is he goes to school in a different building.”
Once Elliott graduates he will go on to grad school. In fact, he’s already been accepted into the University of Minnesota’s Physics Ph.D. program.
The program will take about five to six years to finish. And once he is done with the program, Elliott has plans to hopefully return one day as a professor himself, in order to share his love of physics with other students.
Elliott said, “I have an incredible passion for physics. I feel like I would love to be able to spread some of this joy for physics and enthusiasm for it around.”
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