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11-year-old Majoring in Physics Starts College

08/28/2013 at 04:15 PM EDT

11-year-old Majoring in Physics Starts College
Carson Huey-You
A lot of people have a hard time choosing a major when they start college at 18, but that isn't the case for Carson Huey-You, who's just 11 years old.        

"I am studying physics," the youngest student to ever enroll at Texas Christian University who started college on Monday says. "That's my major."

But like all college freshman, the 11-year-old is starting out by taking some required courses. His ultimate goal? Becoming a quantum physicist. 

"I'm taking calculus, physics, history and religion – those are my core classes," says Huey-You, who seems to be adapting to college life quite well. 

"It's fun because, it's basically just like high school, but in a big campus ... with a lot more people," he explains. 

  Huey-You can't drive and commutes to campus with his mother, Claretta – who also carries his heavy schoolbag for him – and he's already managed to impress his teachers. 

  "He's definitely very talented and also he's very serious about his work and he really enjoys it," says one TCU professor. "And that's the best a professor can hope for from his students, right?"  

Not surprising, especially since, according to his mother, Huey-You has always been exceptional. 

By the time he was 5, he was learning on an eighth-grade level, and he graduated high school at 10, having been admitted to TCU after scoring a 1770 on his SATs. He also speaks Mandarin and plays the piano.

But would Huey-You prefer to be starting fifth grade with other kids his age?  

"I cant really think of anywhere else I'd rather be," he says. 

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