An 11-year-old who just graduated college (you read that correctly) said he decided to become an astrophysicist partly to reaffirm his faith.
“I want to prove to the world that God does exist through science,” William Mallis told Bay News 9 after graduating from St. Petersburg College in Florida on Saturday.
Willian has always been on the “fast track” to completing his education, his parents told WFTS-TV.
He was doing simple math by the age of 2, and by 4, he moved on to algebra.
William Maillis was the youngest St. Petersburg College graduate to walk across the stage today. At 11 years old, he now has an associate’s degree & is attending USF next month to continue his education. What’s his dream job? Watch @BN9 at 5pm to find out! pic.twitter.com/5nojGsh8G2
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William then graduated high school in 2016 at the tender age of 9, and he hopes to finish his doctorate in astrophysics by 18, the year most people head off to college for the first time.
Next month, William will begin taking classes at the University of South Florida for his masters degree.
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The preteen said his intelligence was gifted to him by a higher power.
“Everybody has gifts from God,” he told WFTS. “I was gifted with knowledge and science and history.”
While earning his bachelor’s degree, William would often get questions from curious professors and fellow students.
“How old are you? Are you seriously in college? Stuff like that,” he said, adding that while he felt different at first, he got used to it.
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St. Petersburg College President Dr. Tonjua Williams described him as “extremely, very open and collaborative.”
“I am totally fascinated by William and the work that he has done,” Tonjua told Bay News 9.