12-yr-old desi wonderkid wants to be a doctor

Los Angeles: A 12-year-old Indian-American boy, who was congratulated by President Barack Obama after he became the youngest ever to graduate from a US college, is eyeing to become a doctor by the time he turns 18 as he has been accepted to two prestigious university campuses.

Tanishq Abraham, a native of Sacramento in California, has been accepted to University of California (UC) Davis and received a regents scholarship to UC Santa Cruz. He is yet to decide in which university he will enroll. “I think I’ll be 18 when I get my MD (medical degree),” Abraham said.

He said he is just an ordinary kid who plays with video games and not just microscopes and just likes to learn. Abraham will be a junior transfer student when he enrolls in either of the universities.

Creating a record of sorts, he surprised one and all by graduating from a California college with three associate degrees in maths, science and foreign language studies last year at the age of 11. He said that he wanted to become the President of the United States.

He said some of the students at the college “were intimidated” by him but a lot of others “were really happy” to have a kid in their classes.

Abraham’s parents had migrated to the US from Kerala. He had first asked his parents — father Bijou Abraham, a software engineer and mother Taji who is a veterinary doctor — to allow him to take a college course when he was six years old. Later, he convinced his parents who then enquired about him attending a class at American River College.

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