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Like many students across the U.S., Tanishq Abraham enjoys studying the sciences and hopes to earn a college degree. The difference: He's only 9 years old. Tanishq is a student at American River College in Sacramento, Calif., where he studies subjects from paleontology to astronomy. Inducted into the genius society MENSA at age 4, his parents say others often question if they're pushing him too hard.
"He's pushing us," his father Bijou, jokes to Fox40. Tanishq, who can even be found giving guest lectures, says he isn't fazed by being around those older than him. "I don't mind interacting with other college students," he says. "I like it."
Tanishq says his favorite subjects are the sciences. He learned his letters before some children learn to speak their first words. By age 4 he was inducted into the genius society MENSA. And not soon after, his parents took him out of public school so he could learn at his own pace, even if it was a pace they sometimes struggle to match. I felt like it was unfair to saddle a 9-year-old kid with questions like, 'what do you want to be when you grow up,' But Tanishq did have this to say about his plans for the future: "Use the knowledge to invent new technologies."