An 11-Year-Old Child Genius Just Graduated From College In Florida

He wants to be an astrophysicist.

At 3 years-old William Maillis knew how to recite the alphabet in three languages, and this summer, the 11-year-old from St. Petersburg College in Florida with his Associate's degree in Arts. 

"I am totally fascinated by William and the work that he has done. He's extremely brilliant, very open and collaborative," Dr. Tonjua Williams, President of St. Petersburg College told Bay News 9. 

In the fall, Maillis, who was declared a genius at 5, he will start classes at the University of South Florida to earn his Bachelor's degree. Maillis dreams of having his Ph. D. by the time he's 18, and he is on the right track. 

"I want to be an astrophysicist," Maillis said in an interview with Bay News 9. "I want to prove to the world that God does exist through science."

The psychologist who described Maillis as a genius said that prodigies are often driven by social causes. "Prodigies have, like, this drive to do good,"  Joanne Ruthsatz told Tampa Bay Times. "They're very much tuned in to the bigger picture of humanity." 

She said that children geniuses often find community among college peers rather than kids their own age.  "People are more accepting. They have more similar interests to an 8-year-old prodigy than another 8-year-old does,"   Ruthsatz said to the publication.

Cover image via  Vietnam Stock Images.

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