Friday, September 30, 2016

Foolish 9 Year Old going to Attend College: Thus Sacrificing Childhood

Oh well, I guess he will sacrifice his childhood for reasons unknown.
He’s currently taking a full slate of classes at Community College of Allegheny County as a way to ease into life as a college student and plans to enroll next fall at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, according to his father, Peter Maillis, a Greek Orthodox priest. 
I guess he wants to be an astrophysicist.
William, who wants to study the physics and chemistry of space, earn a doctorate degree and work as an astrophysicist, is at ease tossing around concepts like “displacement of space-time” “singularity” and “pure gravity” as he patiently attempts to explain why black holes aren’t “super massive” as theorized by such other brilliant minds as Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
So I guess he will have a Doctorate by 14 if he skips grad school? Then he gets to wait for a number of years because who is going to publish a teenagers research papers? Maybe for the novelty factor. Would he be able to get a teaching job at a university teaching kids 5 years older than him?

I would love to hear more about this kids story a decade from now. Will he have dropped out of school to pursue something more age appropriate? Will he get burnt out trying to get a Doctorate and navigate puberty at the same time? I mean he won't be able to attend a college party with drinking until 7 years after he is done with school. In any case jumping the line might cost him later on. Sacrificing childhood for celebrity comes with real consequences sometimes.  

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